EFL League One is probably the most entertaining league in England right now with Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, MK Dons and Plymouth Argyle all breathing down each other’s neck for promotion.
However, Lincoln City have not had a start they would have fancied currently sitting in 17th position with just eight points from eight games. They have scored 10 goals in total and their young Irish midfielder, Anthony Scully have been directly involved in eight of Lincoln’s goals and has been the find of the season for them.
The former West Ham academy player has scored five goals and set up three for his teammates. The 22-year-old has been one of the best performers so far and we dive into some more stats to get a more clear idea about his game.
Predominantly a midfielder, Scully has started all the matches on the wings. He has played mostly as a left-winger but has been used on the right-hand side in a couple of matches as well. He has spent most of his time near the wings outside the box in the opposition half while Lincoln have attacked.
While defending, Scully has taken up spaces near the left midfield. He has constantly dropped deep to help out in defence while playing on either side of the pitch. Anthony Scully has a really high work rate and has given his 100% on the pitch.
He has taken most of his shots in and around the box, the majority of them from inside. All five of his goals have been inside the box, three of them from the left side from where he has tried to cut inside mostly and twice dispatched into the net calmly from the spot.
Scully has the third-highest xG in the league of 3.610 and has been one of the most threatening and clinical attackers in the league. He has clearly overperformed his xG by scoring five goals and is now the second-highest goal scorer in the league.
He leads the charts for expected assists in the league with an xA of 2.5, slightly overperforming here as well with three. All of his three assists came in the 5-1 win over Cambridge United.
Anthony Scully has the highest expected goal contribution in the league as well with 6.110 which again he has clearly overperformed by eight direct goal contributions. His best performance has been against Cambridge where he was involved in Lincoln’s all five goals, two goals and three assists.
He has played passes almost all over the pitch but the majority of them have been on the left side of the pitch. Most of his passes have been played to create attacks on the left-wing. Scully likes to stay out wide and has delivered dangerous crosses into the box from both wings depending on which side of the pitch he has started.
Anthony Scully is a young and extremely talented player, one of his biggest assets being the ability to play equally on both flanks and use both his feet. He has a calm head and is adept at taking set-pieces as well. If Scully can consistently keep performing at a high level like this he can secure a move to a Championship side or other leagues in Europe. At only 22 years of age, he has got loads of time and room to step up his game as well.