Huddersfield Town are currently placed at eighth in the 2021-22 EFL Championship standings with 25 points from their 17 games this season. They are just one point away from one of the play-off places and will hope to finish in the top six at the end of the season. They have not been so strong defensively and have conceded 20 goals already this season, but have been much better in attack scoring 21 goals. Danny Ward has been their top scorer, with four goals for the team, but Sorba Thomas has been their best player. The right midfielder has scored one goal and provided eight assists for Huddersfield this season. The main reason has been his corners, as the Terriers have shown their aerial strength by scoring multiple goals from Thomas’ corners. In this post, we will look at some of the attacking and passing stats for Thomas in this season.
Thomas has provided the most assists in the Championship, with eight assists, out of which five have come from corners and three from open play. He plays on the right side of midfield and has also been assisting from corners from the right side. He has the highest xA (expected assists) generation in the division, which is also exactly eight. The midfielder has been a regular for Huddersfield Town so far this season and is an integral part of the team.
The above viz is the passing dashboard for Huddersfield’s midfielder Thomas. The black line in the viz depicts the average value of the particular stat for all midfielders in the Championship. It is visible from the dashboard that Thomas has had mixed stats, with some way above average like assists, crosses, runs, and assists, while below average in the number of passes, forward passes, etc. He played wide on the right wing, thereby having fewer passes but a lot of crosses into the box.
The pass map for the Welsh midfielder shows that he has mostly played on the right side of midfield, with a few occasions on the left wing as well. As we can see, he has only taken corners from the right side and has created multiple goal-scoring opportunities with his crosses into the box, be it from corners, free-kicks, or from open play.
The 25-year-old’s heat map shows that he has been running up and down the pitch a lot in the matches. He has played most of his games on the right side of midfield, with a few appearances on the left as well. He has been completing his defensive duties as well, helping out his full-back or wing-back by tracking back when required. Thomas has been one of the best players for Huddersfield Town this season as they look to challenge for a top-six spot to qualify for the promotion play-offs.