After four goals and an assist in the opening 11 games of this Championship season, Chris Martin is looking like the real deal. Yet another player to have the last campaign cut short due to a long-term injury, the 32-year-old has been in great form as Bristol City have made an impressive start to the season.
Let’s have a look at his stats for this season:
The heatmap for Chris Martin suggests that he has been highly involved in receiving the ball near the halfway line. Martin offers that focal point that a side in the Championship needs, able to hold the ball up and combine with the midfield as the Robins transition from defence to attack. His physique allows him to guard the ball from the opposition defenders. Bristol City have been playing a similar type of game since the start of the season.
The above visual shows us the pass receive locations of Chris Martin in the 14 games he has played so far. He has received a number of passes in the final third of the pitch, but he is most effective in receiving the ball near the halfway line. Martin has the ability to turn defenders and play a simple pass to his wide players and can make a run inside the penalty area for the resulting ball that will be played into the box.
Martin has attempted a total of 19 shots on goal in 14 games and has had 11 shots on target. He has scored four goals from these 11 shots on target and has been clinical in front of goal. He has an overall xG of 3.34 so far and is always a threat when he is in the opposition penalty area. Most of his shots have been from positions inside the penalty area closer to the goal which gives him a higher probability of converting the chances that he gets.
As Martin is a striker who likes to drop deep and hold up play while receiving the ball, it is his pass that can create space for the wide players. When Martin drops deep, he drags a centre back along with him which in turn can give his wide players the space to make runs behind the defenders. From the above visual we can see that Martin has played a higher number of passes from the centre of the field to the wider areas in the final third. He has also played passes which have a high xT into the penalty area.