Queens Park Rangers (QPR) currently occupy the eighth spot in the 2021-22 EFL Championship table. They have scored the fourth-most goals of any team in the EFL Championship this season, behind Fulham, Bournemouth, and Luton. Three QPR players have scored eight goals each – Ilias Chair, Lyndon Dykes, and Andre Gray. It is the latter’s performances we will be covering in this article. Andre Gray has nine goals and assists to his name this season – eight goals and one assist. While he has scored more times this season than any of the past five seasons, it is nowhere near his career-best season in the Championship, which came in the 2015-16 season with Burnley and Brentford.
Andre Gray has scored 0.6 goals per game, putting him in the 94th percentile. What’s more, he is outperforming his xG output of 0.34 xG per 90. He is shooting 38% of his shots on target. He is also getting 0.175 xG per shot. He attempts 1.4 dribbles per game and completes 58% of them.
All but one of Andre Gray’s goals for QPR this season have come from inside the box. He has missed a couple of big chances, which had an xG of 0.4 or greater. Andre Gray has taken 29 shots this season, of which 16 have been on target. This means Gray has a conversion rate of one goal every three or four shots. Gray has scored once from the spot-kick. He also has a solitary assist to his name. Gray has played for 1080 minutes in his 23 matches so far this season. That means he has a goal or an assist every 120 minutes.
Gray generated an xT value of over 0.5 only six times throughout the 90 minutes, as shown by the xT timeline above. He produces his most threatening passes in and around the edge of the opponents’ penalty box, especially on the right wing. His forward passes generate an xT value of over 1, as shown on the left side of the above pass sonar.
Gray has done the job for QPR as and when asked by the team. That is why he is the joint-top goalscorer for the team despite ranking only 15th in the squad for minutes played. The other two joint top scorers for the team, Ilias Chair and Lyndon Dykes, have clocked up over 2500 and 1800 minutes respectively. Gray has been one of the more impressive substitutes this season in the EFL Championship. He and his team need to be more consistent if they are to make the promotion play-offs.