Peterborough United had a poor 2021-22 EFL Championship campaign, having been relegated straight back down to EFL League One after they won promotion in the 2020-21 campaign. However, one man who shined for the Posh in the recently concluded season was striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. The Leicester-born Jamaican international scored 12 goals throughout the season. He has been linked with a move away from the relegated club, most notably to Sheffield United. The Blades have been searching for a goalscorer since Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White left for his parent club. In this article, we will assess Clarke-Harris’s performances for Peterborough United in the EFL Championship season just gone by.
Clarke-Harris made 41 appearances for Peterborough United in the 2021-22 EFL Championship season, playing just shy of 3,000 minutes (2,996 minutes, to be precise) in the process. In the shot map seen above, the 27-year-old scored 12 goals this campaign for the Posh, all of which came from inside the box. He attempted more than half his shots from inside the opposition’s penalty area, and the rest from way outside the box. Clarke-Harris attempted 71 shots and found the target on 32 occasions, meaning his shot conversion rate was 5.92 shots per goal scored.
Displayed above is the heat map of Clarke-Harris for Peterborough United in the EFL Championship season just gone by. As seen from the viz, Clarke-Harris was at his influential best in the final third across the front line. He was involved in the build-ups through the middle, left flank as well as on right wing. In addition to his 12 goals for the Posh, the 27-year-old also provided three assists, which means he was involved in a goal every 200 minutes. He also played a part in 34.88% of the team’s goals.
The above visual shows the pass sonar, xT map and xT timeline of Jonson Clarke-Harris for Peterborough United in the recently concluded EFL Championship season. The average xT score generated by Clarke-Harris was between the 0.3 and 0.4 mark. Occasionally, he also managed to create an xT value of greater than 0.5. Most of this threat creation came in the opposition’s penalty area, and he produced the majority of the xT through forward passes.
Jonson Clarke-Harris was one of the few shining lights in a Peterborough United squad that got relegated straight back down to the EFL League One. He could be an ideal replacement for Morgan Gibbs-White at Sheffield United, who returned to his parent club, Wolves.