As is often the case in the lower leagues of the EFL, several teams higher up the footballing pyramid release young, talented players on loan as they look for their potential stars of the future to gain experience of men’s football week in, week out. One such case is that of Rhys Norrington-Davies, who is on a season-long loan at League One Rochdale from Sheffield United.

The left-back spent last season with Barrow in the National League and has now been tasked with becoming a regular in the third tier with Dale. In this scout report, we will use our tactical analysis to analyse how Norrington-Davies has started in Lancashire, and see how he is adapting to life as a first-team EFL player.

What do the stats say?

The 20-year-old has impressed in his (albeit limited) time at Spotland, providing defensive solidity in addition to genuine attacking potency, making himself one of the first names on Brian Barry-Murphy’s team sheet. He has shown his ability in-and-around the final third of the pitch, averaging 3.29 progressive runs per match, whilst he also sees 46.4% of his crosses reach their target. 38.1% of dribbles he attempts are successful, with him winning on average 36.4% of his offensive duels. Furthermore, he has around 1.71 touches in the opposition box and draws 1.73 fouls per game. His attacking significance to his side is highlighted by the fact that of the 87 times he has lost the ball so far this season, 55 (63.2%) of those have been in the opposition half.

To read the full tactical analysis of this player- click here

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