EFL Championship side AFC Bournemouth signed Scottish International Ryan Christie from Celtic on the transfer deadline day this season in August. The attacking midfielder has been a regular starter since then, featuring in 11 league games for his new team. His move to the Championship side was considered shocking, as he was a regular starter at Celtic, but the midfielder has proved his worth and has contributed towards scoring goals.
The midfielder has started in ten matches and came on as a sub in the first match that he played for his new team. Ryan Christie has five assists to his name, and two of his assists came in the game against Luton Town. The Scottish international has already provided three assists in the four games he played for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. Christie has attempted 15 shots and is yet to score a goal for his new club. He has also taken 29 touches inside the opposition’s box, along with 20 recoveries in the opposition’s box.
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.
Ryan Christie is the joint fifth-highest assist provider in the Championship. He averages more than 35 passes per 90 and has an accuracy rate of over 80%. The 26-year old is one of the highest smart passes and through passes providers in the league. He has provided 18 smart passes and 17 through passes.
The above chart shows the passing and progression stats of Ryan Christie from last season. He played 34 matches for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and provided nine assists along with five goals scored. His passing rate was high due to more minutes on the pitch. He has played the full 90 minutes in only one match but averages more in smart passes and through passes this season in comparison to the last season.
The above viz is the pass map of Ryan Christie for AFC Bournemouth. Scott Parker’s team plays in a 4-3-3 formation, and the attacking midfielder has operated from the right side of the attack. He has delivered a lot of balls into the opposition’s box, and his six passes have landed in the opposition’s 18-yard box. The highest threat rate is created from the passes into the opposition 6-yard box.
Ryan Christie has attempted the most number of passes towards Jefferson Lerma. Christie has attempted more than 50 passes towards him. Phillip Billing has received 25 passes from Christie and has scored a goal on two occasions. The xT created by the passes towards Billing is the highest in the chart. Ryan Christie has also provided assists to Dominic Solanke, Jordan Zemura, and Lloyd Kelly.
Ryan Christie has settled well into the team and already has five assists to his name. The attacking midfielder is yet to find his goalscoring touch but has created enough influence that has helped his side to a 15-match unbeaten streak. Scott Parker will expect more from his new signing as he scored nine goals last season. The midfielder will also hope to contribute more that will help his side to earn a promotion back to the English Premier League.