Cardiff City have been inconsistent this season and are currently on a five-match losing streak in the EFL Championship. This run sees them currently in 20th position with 11 points in 11 games. One positive for the Bluebirds this season is in the form of defender Aden Flint.
The centre-back has featured in all 11 matches for Cardiff City this season and is the top goal scorer for the Welsh club. He scored a brace against Peterborough and Millwall in gameweeks three and four of the EFL Championship. Flint has attempted 19 shots so far this season and ten of those shots have been on target for the tall defender. In the above viz we can see that he has taken at least one touch in every game in the opposition box. The recoveries, interceptions and aerial duels wins are high in numbers for the central defender.
This is the shot map of Aden Flint this season. The defender has been a constant threat on the opposition goal from corners and other set pieces. All the shots except one have been attempted from inside the opposition 18-yard box. He has scored two goals from inside the 6-yard box and the other two from inside the 18-yard box. The defender averages 1.7 shots per game.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
The above chart is based on all the defenders in the league and the minimum time spent on the field is 90 minutes. Flint is the top goal-scoring defender in the Championship and has a high bar in the goals & xG per 90 columns. The defender averages more than one shot per game and that too headed shots. His shot accuracy is more than 50% and averages more than two touches per match in the opposition box. Flint has shown domination while attacking if we look at his comparison with the other players. The values in attacking and creativity are more than average and he attempts a shot in almost every match.
The blue circles are loose ball duels, the orange ones are aerial duels and the red ones are defensive duels. Flint has contested most of the duels in his own half. In the opposition half, he has contested a lot of duels in the penalty box and most of them have been aerial duels. He is always a threat whenever the team win any corners or set pieces that could be delivered in the box.
Cardiff City are in poor form lately and is creating fewer chances. Flint has been less influential in front of the goal recently but has shown consistency in other departments in the field. The centre-back still remains the top goal scorer for his team and the manager would be hoping for more goals from him going forward.