After a disappointing spell in the Championship last season, which saw them finish 14th, Stoke City have been impressive this season. As the international break draws closer to the end, Stoke City find themselves fifth in the league with eight wins, four draws, and five losses in 17 games. While the likes of Nick Powell and Sam Surridge have been putting up great performances for Stoke, the 23-year-old Scottish striker Jacob Brown has been slowly making his mark in the Championship.
Brown’s brilliant form this season for Stoke City has resulted in him being called up to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers. Last season, he scored five goals in 41 appearances, a tally which he has already equalled in just 17 appearances in the current season. In addition, he has added a further four assists for his side.
Since joining Stoke City from Barnsley last year, Brown has been maturing into an all-round striker at a remarkable speed. Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill, remains assured that Brown will do a good job for his national side, given the fact that they play a system that is similar to what O’Neill has employed at Stoke. In the recent game against Luton, Brown scored the only goal of the match which proved sufficient for his side to take all three points.
Let’s dive into Brown’s stats from this season in order to understand his strengths.
Brown’s attacking and creativity stats are some of the best in the Championship, with the majority of his stats surpassing the league median value. In addition to his goals, Brown has ranked highly in terms of average expected goals, average headed shots, and average offensive duels per match and his shot accuracy of 41.38% is also noteworthy.
Brown’s high work rate and energy is evident from his heat map. He is effective in pressing and helps his team to defend from the front. Brown’s athleticism and speed allow him to cover the ground effectively. This season he has been most active in the opponent’s half, outside of the opposition’s box and out wide on the right wing. His heat map also indicates that he tracks back quite frequently to support his team during the defensive phases.
Brown is technically good and excels in precise finishing and ball control. His shot map indicates that he has taken plenty of shots, both from inside and outside the opposition box, with most of his goals scored from inside the box. In addition, his shot map further highlights his ability to get in between the defenders and create space to take shots. Brown’s versatility allows him to play in multiple forward positions.
In terms of goal contribution, Brown currently leads his side and is seventh highest in terms of goals and assists. Brown is tactically intelligent and hard-working and his awareness inside the opposition’s box allows him to get into threatening positions.
Jacob Brown’s stats and performances for Stoke City indicate that he will continue to be an asset for his side as the season moves forward. His call-up to the Scotland national squad will provide a boost to his confidence and transform him into an all-round striker.