The Cherries are flying high in the EFL Championship so far and will not want to slow down anytime soon. They are a side stacked full of talent and it’s clear to see that with the club racing to the top of the table with 11 games played so far.
Bournemouth have also been boosted by the goalscoring exploits of Dominic Solanke, who has hit seven so far. However, it’s the showings from youngster Jaidon Anthony that has impressed everyone so far. Anthony is a clinical and skilful player at the other end of the field. The young winger has provided two goals and three assists, including crucial contributions in tight games like West Brom, Nottingham Forest and being a match-winner against QPR with one goal and assist.
Let’s take a look at his stats so far in the season:
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in. The see stats are compared with the other midfielders in the league.
The above visual shows us the passing and progression stats for Jaidon Anthony in the EFL Championship. Anthony has been very effective with the ball at his feet and has been able to create a number of chances for Bournemouth throughout the eleven games he has played. He has had a high expected assist per 90 and also has a high percentile of 92%. The young Englishman has been better than most of the players in the league with the types of passes he has attempted into the final third. Every stat of his is better than the average league value for the same, which indicates he has been consistent with the performances he has put up for the Cherries.
Based on the above visual, we can understand that Anthony has been operating on the left flank for Bournemouth and has had the highest impact from this side of the pitch. The heatmap indicates that while he has spent the most time in the opposition half, he has also contributed to his defence by tracking back his man. Anthony has switched wings at times in order to change the flow of the game.
While the heatmap showed us that Anthony has been playing from the left flank, his shot map indicates the same as he has taken most of his shots from the left side of the goal. Anthony has scored two goals so far and has had approximately 50% of the shots he has attempted on goal.
In the above viz we can see that he has attempted a lot of passes into the opposition box. These passes include a mixture of crosses, forward, and sideways passes. The winger is calm and composed when he has the ball and does not give away the ball when pressed high. When required he passes the ball behind towards his defence to maintain possession of the ball and can also start instant attacks by dribbling past defenders and putting in crosses from the left flank.
Jaidon Anthony has attempted the most number of smart passes in the league and has attempted an average of 0.95 smart passes in each game. As seen in the above visual, he has attempted a high number of passes into the final third with a high xT. Anthony has the vision to spot runs made by his players into pockets of spaces behind the defensive line and also possesses the skill to provide that ball to his player.
Anthony has attempted the most number of passes to Jordan Zemura, and their partnership on the left flank has caused a lot of problems to the opposition. He has a high xT with most of the passes he has played to his attackers. He has the highest xT from the 35 passes he has made to Philip Billing.
Anthony came up through the ranks at Bournemouth and after paying his dues in the club’s reserve sides, he has now made the breakthrough into the first team and taken the step up with ease. He has become an important part of the squad with his hard work and effort in the middle of the field. If he can continue to do so, then he could be seen as one of the most exciting prospects in the entire league.