Peterborough United are currently having a tough time in the 21-22 season, as they currently sit in 21st position with just 15 points from their 17 games in the EFL Championship. The defense has been a major issue for the Posh, considering they have conceded 32 goals, the most in the Championship division. Even in attack, they have been poor, and have scored just 17 goals, averaging a goal per game after 17 games in the league. Only the three teams that are in the relegation zone have scored fewer goals than Peterborough. In this post, we will have a look at some of the attacking stats of the club as a whole, and also at the stats of some attacking players like Siriki Dembele, Sammy Szmodics, Jonson Clarke-Harris, etc.
Recently, the Posh have had a mixed run of results in the last five games. They earned two back-to-back wins against Hull City and QPR by a scoreline of 2-1 in both games. Since then, Darren Ferguson’s men have played three Championship games without a win, losing to Swansea City and Fulham, and drawing against Huddersfield Town. In their latest defeat to Fulham, Darren Ferguson changed his preferred formation of 3-4-3 and replaced it with a 4-4-2, playing Smodics and Clarke-Harris as the striker, while Dembele and Burrows played on the wings. Earlier, they used to play a 4-3-3 system when Clarke-Harris was fit but are now looking like going back to playing a back-four.
The Posh have recorded the second-lowest accumulated xG in the Championship in the first 17 games of the season. Only the three teams in the relegation zone have scored fewer than the 17 goals scored by them. Hull City are the only team with a lower xG generation than Peterborough United. Even though the defense has been their biggest problem, their attack has not been of much help either.
The above viz shows the attacking dashboard for their striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has so far scored three goals for The Posh this season. He was injured for a few weeks but is now back in the squad. The black line in the above viz shows the average of the particular stat for all players in the Championship. It is visible that other than a couple of stats like headed shots and xG per show, attacking actions are the only stats where he has been decent. Everywhere else, he has proved to be an average striker for Darren Ferguson.
Dembele, with four goals, has been the best player for the Posh this season. His attacking dashboard shows that he has been way above average and even one of the best in some of the stats shown above. He has been a positive for the team and has played in multiple positions like an attacking midfielder, a winger, and even as a striker.
This viz shows the attacking dashboard for Sammie Szmodics, and it shows that he has been a decent player for them this season. In most of the stats, he has proved to be better than an average player. The midfielder has played in different roles like CAM, LW, or even as a false nine in Clarke-Harris’ absence.
Midfielder Harrison Burrows has also scored thrice this season for the Posh and has been impressive as a midfielder or a left-winger. His attacking dashboard shows that he has had much better stats than the average stats, and has been a positive point for Darren Ferguson.
The stats show that his midfielders Szmodics and Burrows have provided good enough stats. The main problem in the attack lies in the number nine role, and Dembele, their top scorer, is not a proper number nine. Darren Ferguson will have to make sure that his team starts scoring more regularly and also stops leaking goals if they want to survive in the Championship this season.