MOT Tactics: Leeds 22y/o showing massive improvement from last season
This article is part of a regular series from All Stats Aren’t We – the team also host a brilliant podcast that goes in-depth into the tactics of Leeds & Marcelo Bielsa and a deeper look at the underlying stats
After Jack Harrison’s recent run of assists, we thought we’d have a look at how he’s comparing to last season’s performance. So far – a massive improvement.
In this radar, shots & shots on target %, passes & pass acc %, crosses & cross acc %, dribbles & dribble succ % are combined to find the figure for successful shots, passes, crosses and dribbles per 90. All figures on the graph are per 90.
As you can see – all the above-mentioned figures are massively improved, except for crossing which is slightly down. The bottom part of the graph is the most impressive as his assists, expected assists and key passes have skyrocketed.
In fact, the 22-year-old has more than 2x the amount of assists in a third of the season than he had in all of last. His touches in the box have also greatly increased; it’s good to see him adding end product to that as earlier in the season this figure was high but assists and goals weren’t.
He’s certainly not an elite dribbler, but that has improved on last season as well as he seems more willing to take on full-backs than last year. Perhaps this is an area that could still be improved on, considering how many 1v1 opportunities he gets with full-backs.
With Pablo coming back into the side and likely taking his position back on the right, perhaps Helder Costa may be an option to be used on the left because of his superior dribbling, however, if Harrison keeps his end product high, he may well keep him out of the team long-term.
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