Shayne Lavery‘s latest heroics for Blackpool in the EFL Championship has earned him a new nickname – the ‘Ginger Pele’. The former Linfield striker was on target once again in a 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers. Lavery has netted an impressive seven goals in 13 appearances in all competitions for Blackpool this season following his summer move from the Blues.
Blackpool have been reliant on the striker for goals this season as he has scored five of the 11 goals they have scored so far.
Let’s take a look at what the stats have to say about Lavery’s performances so far:
The above stats show us the attacking stats for Shayne Lavery in the EFL Championship. The stats indicate that Lavery is far better than the average league players at the attacking actions that he performs. He has a very high goals per 90 ratio of 0.7, which is better than 96% of the players in the league. The Irish striker has attempted a lot of dribbles in the final third of the pitch, but has a low dribble success rate of 48.48%. He has been involved in all 11 games they have played so far, but appeared as a substitute in four of those games. He has been able to score more goals in lesser game time, which explains why he has such a high xG.
Lavery has been starting in a formation of 4-4-2, which gives him the freedom to either play on the left or right side while attacking. As seen in the heatmap above, he prefers playing more from the left side of the pitch and has a greater threat on goal. The heatmap also indicates that Lavery also drops deep near the halfway line to receive the ball.
The pass receive locations indicate that Lavery has been playing on both sides of the pitch and has been effective in doing so. He has also been involved in the build up towards creating a goalscoring chance.
Shayne Lavery has attempted a high number of shots on goal in his time at Blackpool. Almost all of these efforts on the goal have been from inside the penalty area which is why he has a high xG in most of the games he has played. Slavery has played more on the left side of the pitch and this can be seen again in the above visual because he has more shots on the goal from that side of the pitch.
Shayne Lavery has the fifth-best xG in the whole league and also had a high average xG per 90 minutes. Lavery appeared as a substitute in a few games at the beginning of the season and has lesser game time when compared to the other leading scorers in the league. With full match fitness and more game time, the young striker will be a lethal force of attack for Blackpool and will help them in continuing the positive results that they have been getting in the past few weeks.
Lavery, 22, scored the opening goal in Blackpool’s Championship win over Blackburn but was forced off through injury after 22 minutes. Lavery is said to have a hamstring injury which will keep him out for a couple of weeks and is set to miss the game against Preston North End after the international break.