Bournemouth are currently occupying the second automatic promotion spot in the EFL Championship. While Dominic Solanke has grabbed the headlines and the goals, one man who has been quietly having his best season of his career at least in terms of goals and assists is Danish midfielder Philip Billing. As of writing, he has scored eight goals and provided seven assists for the Cherries in 33 games. He has been involved in a goal every 194 minutes which is very good for a box to box midfielder. One more goal and he will surpass his career best season in terms of goals scored.
Given in the above visual is Phillip Billing’s performances relative to the rest of his league. Billing has scored goals at a rate of 0.23 goals per 90 this season which is in the 92nd percentile. His xG per 90 is 0.25 which is a minute underperformance. The Dane has taken just above 1.6 shots per 90 putting him in the top 20% in this category. He uses his height of 193cm to his advantage taking 0.2 headed shots per 90, once again in the top 10%. He attempts 1.433 dribbles per game completing a decent 60% of them. Billing has touched the ball in the opposition penalty area over thrice a game putting him in the top 8%.
Seen above is the shot map of Philip Billing for Bournemouth in this season of the EFL Championship. All but one of Billing’s goals have come from inside the box. He has hit one third of his shots on target. Billing has taken 57 shots so far this season. With eight goals to his name, he has a shots to goal ratio of 7.125 shots per goal scored. He has missed a few big chances this season which had an xG value of 0.4 or greater. Had he taken those, he would have already surpassed his career best season and maybe led Bournemouth to a few more wins.
Shown above is the pass sonar, xT timeline and map of Philip Billing this season. Billing has consistently produced an xT value of 0.5 or greater throughout the course of a 90 minute match. His highest xT score has come in between the 30th minute and the 40th minute mark. Billing has frequently created threat from the left hand side of the final third. So his sideways passes into the opponents’ penalty area has generated a high xT score on a regular basis.
Philip Billing has been one of the more important members in Bournemouth’s promotion chase this season. Should he stay in the south coast of England, it will be interesting to see how the Dane fares in the Premier League.