Antonio Semenyo made a name for himself by showing a bit of consistency in front of the goal in the last two seasons. He was a regular goal-scorer for them, and that earned him a move to English Premier League side Bournemouth in the recently concluded transfer window. Bristol City decided to replace the striker with Luton Town’s striker, Harry Cornick. The 27-year-old has played over 150 matches in the EFL Championship and carries a bit of experience. He was a threat in Luton’s attacking line but failed to make an impact in the current season. However, the player is capable of leading the line, and here are some of the stats that show why Bristol City wasted no time in signing him as a replacement for their departing player.
Harry Cornick failed to make a lot of impact in Luton Town’s attack. He failed to make it regularly into the starting lineup this season. The 27-year-old accumulated 19 appearances and seven came off the bench. He scored just one goal and provided three assists this season. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the player in comparison to other centre forwards in the league. It can be observed that the player spent 59% of Luton Town’s available minutes on the field. Cornick has an average percentile rank in most of the departments. The areas where the percentile rank is low are in his passing accuracy and the shots taken per 90 minutes. Overall, the player has performed decently but has failed to find the back of the net consistently like he did last season.
An unforgettable 2021-22 season
Harry Cornick was on top of his game last season. He made 40 appearances and went on to score 12 goals in the EFL Championship. He also had four assists in these many appearances. His pizza chart from the last season shows more consistency on the field. The player has an average percentile rank in most of the departments, and that has led to his consistency on the field.
The heat map suggests that Cornick likes to play more towards the right side of the pitch. This is the heat map of the last two seasons. It clearly shows that the 27-year-old has spent most of his time playing on the wider sides. His box penetration carries are also from that particular side as well. The penetration carries map shows that the player either runs directly into the box or sometimes goes wide and then tries to penetrate the box. Semenyo also played on the wide side and drifted towards the centre. Harry Cornick will also be expected to play a similar role.
The threat in front of the goal
Harry Cornick has scored one goal in the current campaign. The striker has spent 861 minutes on the field and has attempted 13 shots in all his appearances. The player averages 1.36 shots per 90 minutes and has a very low accuracy rate of 15.4%. This is the main reason why he was unable to make a lot of impact in the EFL Championship this season.
Last season Cornick was on the top of his game as he went on to score 12 goals. This was the first time that the striker managed to get into double figures in the EFL Championship. He attempted 58 shots with an average of 1.71 shots per 90 minutes. The player had a high accuracy rate of 48.1%. The above viz shows that Cornick has scored most of the goals from the right side. He has also taken some good positions inside the opposition penalty box and scored a couple of goals from inside the six-yard box. The xG rate per 90 minutes was 0.21.
His other goal contributions over the last two seasons total eight assists. Harry Cornick accumulated five assists last season and three this time around. The shot assists map shows that most of these passes have been low crosses into the opposition penalty box. Harry Cornick averaged 2.82 passes into the opposition penalty box this season per 90 minutes, and the average number of passes last season was 2.07 per 90 minutes. This shows that the player is not only a goalscorer, but he can also create a few for his teammates.
Can he replace Semenyo?
Harry Cornick was signed to replace Semenyo in Bristol City’s starting lineup. The above viz compares the percentile rank of Harry Cornick from last season and Semenyo’s current season. Semenyo has had an edge over Cornick. Semenyo has better-attacking stats and is also good with his passing. Cornick, on the other hand, gives the team an extra defensive edge. Cornick will look to get better as time goes on.
The signing of Harry Cornick is unlikely to have much of an impact on Bristol City’s 1×2 odds. He is not in form, and this will also increase his side’s odds of winning as well. Semenyo’s departure will also have an impact on Bristol City’s odds. In terms of over/under lines, the odds for over goals will increase as the player’s form deteriorates, and his chances of scoring goals will be determined by how he fits into the team.
Harry Cornick will look to make a direct impact in Bristol City. After a successful season last year, the striker will look to replicate his performance.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine