MOT View: Leeds attacker bosses PL chart and prove Bielsa-ball is alive and kicking
A graphic showing the most creative players in the Premier League outside of the traditional big-hitters makes very impressive reading for Leeds United fans.
‘TheOther14‘ is a popular Twitter account that showcases the talents on offer in the Premier League outside of the so-called ‘elite’ clubs that have tended to dominate the league over recent years with their lavish spending.
They post a variety of interesting stats and charts that give a greater insight into the impressive performers at clubs.
— TheOther14 (@Other14The) January 15, 2021
In the above graphic they give a breakdown of the top 22 creators in the Premier League (outside the ‘big six’ of course) and it makes for great reading as a Leeds United fan.
The Whites have four players in this list which is more than any other team, with Wolves and Brighton closest to that figure with three.
Jack Harrison (35 chances), Mateusz Klich (35), Rodrigo (21) and Raphinha (20) are the players that feature and all are considered first-team fixtures in the Leeds midfield at the moment.
Summer signings Rodrigo and Raphinha began the season on the bench but have asserted themselves as regulars in recent months after proving their worth with the Spain international scoring three goals and the Brazilian grabbing two goals and assists apiece, despite both starting only nine games so far (WhoScored).
Meanwhile, the only Premier League game not started between Harrison and Klich all season was Manchester City at Elland Road when the former was ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement from his parent club.
They have been consistent figures in the team which is shown in the tally that only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish can lay claim to creating more chances than them outside of the traditional ‘big six’.
It highlights just how cohesive the Leeds attacking unit is and the level of contributions and output made by all of their four attacking midfield men while Kalvin Phillips sweeps up behind them.
Even more impressive is the volume of chances created from open-play with no other player (bar Grealish) registering more than 23 while Harrison and Klich sit on 33 and 31 respectively.
It should be no surprise, then, to see that only current Premier League champions Liverpool (248) can better Leeds’ tally of 238 shots this season (Wyscout) while the Whites have the highest xG in the division with 32.91.
That means they are slightly underperforming in front of goal as they have scored 30 this season but it is not a particularly concerning figure at this stage with the side sitting comfortably in mid-table after winning promotion from the Championship last season.
Striker Patrick Bamford is under his expected goals total of 12.39 which is the highest in the league, with an actual goals tally of 10 but he can still be proud of his achievement so far this season and will be demanding he matches that total in the second half of the season.
Doing so will put Leeds well on course for a top 10 finish which would be a fantastic achievement for a newly-promoted side.
One thing for sure is that this midfield will keep creating under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa and it is just up to the rest of the team to ensure this does not go to waste.
In other Leeds United news, Thierry Henry sings the praises of Bielsa and his side.