Han-Noah Massengo joined Bristol City in 2019 from Monaco. Since making the move to Ashton Gate, Massengo has continued to mature and has become a vital part of Bristol City’s midfield.
Having shown his best form during the final games of the last season, Massengo has been in brilliant form for the Robins in the current season. He has looked calm and composed on the ball, and his energy and dynamism have provided Bristol City an edge in the midfield. Although Massengo seems to be coming off age this season, the Robins’ season in the Championship has been a mixed bag, and they seem to have hit a slump recently. They have secured just two wins in their last seven matches and things took a turn for the worse when it was announced that manager Nigel Pearson has been given an indefinite period of absence due to Covid related concerns.
Heading into the international break, Bristol City are placed at the 19th position in the Championship, with five wins, four draws, and eight losses in 17 games. While it remains to be seen how Bristol City’s season unfolds, Massengo, nonetheless, has been making huge strides with his performances and has laid down his claim for a spot in Bristol City’s midfield.
Let’s analyze his stats to understand his role and ascertain if he can cement his spot in Bristol City’s midfield.
During his time in Monaco, Massengo was criticized for the lack of consistency in his long-ball distribution, an aspect required for the position he is usually deployed at. For Bristol City, he has been utilized in multiple positions in the midfield. His favored role is that of a box-to-box midfielder, while he can also slot in the defensive midfield position. This season he has increased his attacking contribution for the Robins, as indicated by his stats. His most notable attributes are dribbles per 90, offensive duels per 90, and successful attacking actions per 90, while his success rate in dribbles and offensive duels is also noteworthy.
Massengo has been characterized as a dynamic and aggressive midfielder who is consistently on the move and displays impressive awareness of his surroundings. During the defensive phases, he is quick to close down and press his opponents and can intercept or block dangerous passes near the edge of the box. This season as well, he has demonstrated above-average defensive contribution, as indicated by his stats. He has averaged north of seven defensive duels per match, while also averaging more than three recoveries in the opponent’s half. Most of his defensive stats are above the league median value as well.
Massengo’s pass map indicates the wide array of passes that he has delivered this season. From the pass map, it is evident that he delivered many long and diagonal balls, an aspect for which he was criticized in the past. His passes into the opponent’s box carry a high threat.
Perhaps the most significant attribute in Massengo’s arsenal is his work rate and dynamism. His heat map indicates a tireless work rate. He has covered almost every blade of the grass this season while being most active in the opponent’s half. Massengo often tracks back to provide cover to his defense and is not afraid of making challenges to win the ball back.
Massengo has displayed brilliant performances in the midfield for Bristol City. His technique, combined with his dynamism and commitment, is an asset for Bristol City. This season he has demonstrated improved attacking contribution for his side with his dribbles and ball progression into threatening areas in the opponent’s half. While the managerial situation at Bristol City is a topic of concern for the fans, Massengo looks set to continue plying his trade in Robins’ midfield.