Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

Stefan Johansen joined QPR from Fulham permanently for an undisclosed fee in July. The 30-year-old midfielder has put pen on paper on a three-year deal. Johansen spent four months on loan with the R’s last season and was a critical part of the side’s successful second half to the campaign, which saw Mark Warburton’s men rise from 19th in the Championship table to ninth. Johansen is now looking forward to building on the reputation he has forged with the fans of his new club.

Let’s take a look at what his stats have to say about his performance so far in the Championship:Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

Johansen’s heatmap indicates that he has covered most of the areas on the pitch and has been running like a well-oiled machine in the midfield. Johansen plays more in a defensive role, which is why he has been present in his half more than being in the opposition’s half.

Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

The above visual shows us the passing and progression stats for Stefan Johansen in the 21-22 season. Almost all of his stats are better than the median value in the league. Johansen has attempted 47.6 passes per 90 minutes with a passing accuracy of 87.92%, which is better than 89% of the players in the league. The Norwegian also has a high number of forward passes as well as passes into the final third per 90 minutes. He lies in the 90th percentile for both metrics. He has provided only two assists so far in the league, as he plays a deeper role for his team and has an xA value of 0.1 per 90 minutes.

Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

Johansen sees more of the ball as he is the link between the defense and attackers. He is highly responsible for getting the ball into the opposition’s half and plays more passes towards the wider areas of the pitch to stretch the game so that his players get more space to make deeper runs. The 30-year-old has also played several passes into the final third, and we can see that a couple of these passes near the penalty area have generated a high xT, as a goalscoring chance was created with these passes. The visual also indicates that Johansen has been present everywhere on the pitch for QPR and can cover up for his teammates whenever required. Even if he is playing centrally as a holding midfielder, he moves towards wider areas to receive the ball.

Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

Johansen has attempted a higher number of ground defensive duels throughout the pitch, and has attempted an average of 5.82 defensive duels per 90 minutes. He is a very strong player in the midfield and can win the ball back easily using his strength.

Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

The  30-year-old midfielder has also attempted a high number of interceptions in his half and can stop most of the attacks that the opposition creates, as he can read the game well and can position himself accordingly. Playing as a midfielder, most of his interceptions were from the passes that the opposition players attempted, but he also has several interceptions made in the opposition’s half, which were when the player had the ball in his feet.

Stefan Johansen: 2021-22 Queens Park Rangers stats

Johansen’s natural position is playing as a defensive midfielder, but in some games, he has played in a more advanced position, which gives him the freedom to attempt shots on the opposition goal. He has attempted a total of eight shots on goal and managed to keep three of these shots on target. Johansen has also scored one goal so far in the season and can also contribute to the team offensively in the final third.

Johansen brings more experience and quality to the team, and also brings calmness in high-pressurized moments. He also has a mentoring impact on the young players, both on matchday and in training. The role of senior players like him is important for the club, as it helps them to guide the younger academy players.