Peterborough United have not been able to have the start that they dreamt of after their promotion from League One back in the EFL Championship. Peterborough United made a flurry of signings with the hope of starting the season on a high, but so far none of their signings have contributed majorly to the performance they have put so far. They have only managed to win two games from the eleven they have played and have lost seven. They have conceded the most number of goals than any other team in the league.
Peterborough signed Jorge Grant from Lincoln City in July for an undisclosed fee. Jorge Grant was impressive for Lincoln City in his time there and was an influential figure in the team. He made 88 appearances for Lincoln City, scoring 19 goals and providing 24 assists. Jorge Grant’s arrival at Peterborough United was to give more depth to their midfield and to control the tempo of the game. So far Grant has scored one goal for Peterborough which came against Birmingham City, a game that they dominated and won by three goals to nil.
Let’s take a look at what the stats have to say about Jorge Grant’s performance so far:
The above visual shows us the passing stats for Jorge Grant. The visual indicates that most of the passing actions of Grant are better than the average value for the league. The midfielder is yet to provide an assist for his team and hence also has a low expected assist per 90 minutes. He has a high success rate for passing and averages approximately six passes into the final third per 90 minutes. Since Grant plays more centrally he does not attempt many crosses frequently. He has attempted 1.13 smart passes and through passes per 90 minutes in the nine games that he has played so far.
The pass map for Grant shows us that he has been covering the whole pitch for his team. He has been involved in keeping possession of the ball and the high passing accuracy percentage indicates that most of the time he is successful in doing so. He has attempted more passes on the left central part of the pitch and has also attempted passes into the final third. The through passes that he attempted into the penalty area had a high expected threat.
Grant has scored one goal for The Posh so far. He has attempted nine shots in the nine appearances he has made for them. The only goal he scored came from a shot he took from inside the penalty area. He has been able to get into dangerous positions in the box to attempt a shot on goal but has failed to be effective with these attempts. Most of his attempts have come a long way from goal, which indicates why he has a low overall xG.
Peterborough United have conceded the most number of goals in the league, and on most occasions, there are under pressure as the opponents attack their goal frequently. In times like these, it is the duty of the midfielders to support their defence in intercepting the opposition’s passes and winning the ball back. Grant has been involved in winning the ball back for his team as there are a high number of interceptions he has attempted in his own half. Most of these interceptions were when the opposition players were on the ball. He has also made a few interceptions higher up the pitch which indicates he has also pressed the opponents in their own half.
Playing as an attacking midfielder, Grant plays more final balls into the opposition penalty area to his attackers. From the above visual we can see that. Grant had the highest xT from the passes he made to Jack Marriott and Clarke-Harris. Frankie Kent has the physique and leap to win more aerial balls and is always up in the opposition penalty area for set-pieces. Grant has the duty of set-pieces for his team, which is why he has a high xT from the passes made to Kent.
Peterborough are almost a quarter of the way through the Championship season. There has been minimal contributions from most of their summer signings and have failed to create an impact on the team. Jorge Grant was impressive for Lincoln City last season but has failed to showcase those performances for Peterborough yet. In order to get better results and to move further up the table, their new signings have to perform better and coordinate well with the existing players.