Very few Luton Town fans at the start of the season expected the team to be in the promotion play-offs spots by March-end. Yet, here they are. One big reason why Luton are overachieving this season is the goalscoring exploits of their striker Elijah Adebayo. He has been one of the few players to have hit double figures in goals this campaign, having netted 14 goals so far. This season has also been Adebayo’s career-best, and there are still two months left in the season, which means he can add even more goals to his name.
Adebayo has been influential for Luton Town this season with his goals. He ranks in the 84th percentile for goals per 90 with 0.42 goals per game and in the 83rd percentile for xG per 90 with 0.38 xG per game. He has generated 0.22 xG per shot, which shows that he is expected to score once every four or five shots he takes. He also attempts around six dribbles per game and completes around half of them, which is very good for a tall man.
All of Elijah Adebayo’s 14 goals this season have come from inside the box, which shows that he knows where to shoot the ball from. Only nine of his shot attempts have come from outside the box. He has also missed a few big goalscoring opportunities, but mostly he has been clinical in front of the goal, especially inside the opposition’s six-yard box. Adebayo has played over 2800 minutes of league football this season, which is the fourth most for his team. This means he has netted a goal almost every 200 minutes, which is good for the Championship, but it is not enough for a striker in top-flight football.
Elijah Adebayo has been providing threats during various stages of a match throughout the season. But most notably he has been threatening between the 15th minute and the 60th minute of a game. His pass start locations have been most threatening from just outside the opposition’s penalty area, which means he made several passes into the penalty area this season.
Luton Town have exceeded the expectations of their fans this season thanks to Elijah Adebayo’s goals. They will hope he can maintain these performances for the rest of the season and propel them to the promotion play-offs. Having played non-league football as recently as 2014, it would be a Cinderella story if they win the promotion.