Middlesbrough’s rise in the EFL Championship 2022–23 table is one of the biggest things that will get a lot of limelight at the end of the season. Michael Carrick has boosted their hopes of making it back to the English Premier League. His players have responded well to the managerial change, and some of them are leading the charts in some of the stats. One of them is their star striker, Chuba Akpom, who has taken the league by storm. The 27-year-old is in the best scoring form of his career. He is a former Arsenal player, and it took him a while to become a regular goal scorer. Akpom is guiding his side to automatic qualification. We look at some of his stats that show how the 27-year-old has been instrumental in pushing Middlesbrough into the Premier League.
Huge contributions since the World Cup break
Chuba Apkom has netted 24 goals in the EFL Championship, with three coming off the penalty spot. These goals came in 31 league appearances. Before the World Cup break, Akpom scored eight goals in 14 games. Since returning from the break, he has netted 16 goals in 17 games.
Chuba Akpom averages 2.34 shots per 90 minutes and has a 58.6% accuracy rate this season. In the last 17 matches, he has attempted 40 shots. The average number of shots per 90 minutes and the accuracy rate average almost the same. Akpom has found space on the edge of the six-yard box and has converted most of the chances. His xG per shot average is also on the higher side. Despite missing two penalties, the striker has shown prolific goal-scoring form. Overall, Akpom has been a regular goal scorer and this ability is keeping his team in contention of automatically promoting back to the English Premier League.
What else does the striker offer?
One of the abilities that Chuba Akpom possesses is his ability to make progressive runs with the ball. He averages 1.47 progressive runs per 90 minutes in the current season. In the last 17 matches, he has made around 30 progressive runs. Most of the runs have been made through the central zones and the dribbles success rate has also been decent. One of the most interesting thing about him is his ability to shield the ball and win fouls for the team. Akpom has won three fouls per game and this even includes a penalty. His ability to run with the ball and get past the defenders make him a threat in Boro’s attack.
The progressive passes map above shows tha Akpom prefers the right side of the field. Most of the passes have been attempted towards that particular side.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, Chuba Akpom will play a huge role in setting the odds for Middlesbrough. His inclusion in the team will lower down the odds rate for Boro. The over lines will also thrive as the player is capable of scoring goals. Overall, he will have a huge effect on the odds rate.
Chuba Akpom has found his goal-scoring touch under Michael Carrick. He is leading the race for the Golden Boot and might end up winning it. However, Akpom will look to take his side back into the English Premier League. He will look to continue this form after the recent international break and close down the gap on Sheffield United.
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