MOT Tactics: What would Leeds be getting in Che Adams?
This article is part of a regular series from Leeds United Twitter account All Stats Aren’t We – the team also host a brilliant podcast that goes in-depth into the tactics of Marcelo Bielsa and a deeper look at the underlying stats
So, according to Phil Hay, Leeds’ number one target is Che Adams. Off the back of a 22-goal season at Birmingham, it hasn’t worked out for him at Southampton thus far. If Leeds could pull it off, what would they be getting?
As you can see from his shot map, he had a highly clinical 18/19 season, outshooting his non-penalty xG by 6 goals. This included four from outside the box (Leeds fans might remember Bailey Peacock-Farrell letting two go through him at Elland Road) but he also had a knack of taking shots early or on the turn.
Thus, he was able to catch out goalkeepers and score with shots that weren’t high-value xG. This is something a goalscorer like Jermain Defoe makes a trademark move across their career.
We don’t know if that’s the case with Adams yet though as he’s only had one season scoring at such a rate. There is a good number of shots taken between the penalty spot and six-yard box though, which is encouraging as Leeds create many chances in such an area.
It seems that Adams possesses the physical attributes to bring some of the hold-up play that has been missing at times when Bamford hasn’t been on the field.
One thing we should add by way of warning, it is not necessarily a good thing that he outshot his xG by so much. Not many players can do that consistently. Jamie Vardy is somebody who manages it, but time will tell with Adams and he hasn’t done it before.
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