AFC Bournemouth are currently sitting at the top of the EFL Championship standings with 40 points from their 17 games, two points clear of second-placed Fulham. Scott Parker’s men have been a force to be reckoned with this season, having dominated almost every game they have played this season. They have only lost one game, against Preston North End on Matchday 16, when they suffered a 1-2 defeat at home. Only Fulham have scored more than the 31 goals scored by the Cherries, as Scott Parker’s 4-2-3-1 formation has been able to keep possession and score at will without conceding many goals.
AFC Bournemouth have the best defense in the division, conceding just 10 goals. Dominic Solanke has scored 13 goals for them this season, the second-highest in the league, with Billing scoring six as well. In this post, we will look at the attacking stats of the most commonly used front four by Scott Parker, including striker Dominic Solanke, number ten Phillip Billing, left-winger Jaidon Anthony and right-winger Ryan Christie.
The above viz is the attacking and creativity dashboard for attacking midfielder Phillip Billing. The Danish midfielder has been one of the best players for the Cherries and has scored six goals and provided three assists in 16 games this season. The black line in the above viz depicts the average of the particular stat for all players in the division. It is visible that he has been much better than the average in most statistics like goals, xG, shots on target, etc. The only stats where he is below average are stats like dribbles and offensive duels. He is a creative player who likes to create and score goals with his passing and shooting abilities.
Ryan Christie plays as the right-winger for AFC Bournemouth and the above viz shows his attacking dashboard. He has been a provider and has given five assists this season. He is yet to score in the league, but his presence in the front four has been instrumental for Scott Parker. It is visible that he has been better than average in almost all the stats shown above.
Jaidon Anthony’s attacking dashboard shows that he has been a decent player, with some stats being better than average and some below average. But, the left-winger’s numbers speak for him, as he has scored four goals and provided three assists this season in the league. He has been a regular for Scott Parker and has featured in all 17 games.
Solanke has been one of the best players in the entire Championship division, scoring 13 goals in 17 starts. He is the joint second-highest scorer in the league, only behind Mitrovic, who has scored 20. His shot map shows that he is a traditional number nine, who has a real presence inside the box. He has only taken seven or eight shots from outside the box, with all the others from inside, and has scored all 13 goals from inside the box.
Solanke’s attacking dashboard shows that he has been one of the best strikers in the league this season, as he has been better than most players when it comes to goals, xG, or shots. He is the main man for the Cherries, and they will need him to keep scoring to stay at the top. Their combination up front with the front four has worked well for Scott Parker this season, and he will hope to continue the form and keep his lead over Fulham in the coming weeks.