Queens Park Rangers signed Norwich youngster Sam McCallum on loan this season. The left-back spent last season on loan at Coventry City and was a regular starter for them. He missed the first four games of the season due to injury. After returning from injury, McCallum has featured in four league games and is a regular starter at the left-back position.
QPR play in a 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 formation and McCallum plays as the left wing-back for the club. He has scored two goals this season and is already a goal up from the previous season tally.
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. This chart is the representation of McCallum’s stats in comparison to other defenders in the league.
Sam McCallum has been one of the top goal-scoring defenders this season. The wing-back has scored two goals this season. McCallum has an average of one shot in the 90 minutes of play and has scored from his two attempts on target.
The youngster averages around three touches per match in the opposition box and is involved in around 11 attacking actions per match. McCallum has been one of the best attacking defenders this season when we look at the above viz.
The above viz shows us the pass map of McCallum this season. His pass map shows that the player has attempted backward passes, vertical passes as well as forward passes. The passes attempted by the player are on the left side, with some crosses into the opposition box. McCallum’s crosses have landed into the opposition 6- yard box and the penalty area. Some of the crosses carry a high xT rate.
Sam McCallum heat map is a clear representation of how wide he has played for the team. He plays as a wing-back, and his entire focus is towards the left side. His average position is in the opposition half, and the player has always provided attacking width from his side. The heatmap is red in the middle third, and he is also involved in the play in the opposition third.
McCallum has attempted most passes towards the left-sided centre back Barbet. Attacking midfielders for QPR, Chair and Willock have received 25 and 20 passes from the wing-back. His passes towards striker Dykes have produced the highest xT. Most of the passes towards the striker are in the form of crosses.
The youngster has performed well in his second loan season in the EFL Championship. He has been an attacking threat from the left for Mark Warburton team. His season tally can rise if he continues to attack in the way he is doing now.