Huddersfield Town massively exceeded expectations in the 2021-22 EFL Championship after finishing the previous season in 20th position on the points table. The Terriers finished third in the recently concluded campaign and even reached the final of the play-off, where they lost to Nottingham Forest. While Huddersfield would have been heartbroken, they have already made their first signing of the summer in the form of defender Will Boyle. The 26-year-old Englishman will arrive from League One side, Cheltenham Town, on a free transfer after his contract expires. Let us take a look at Boyle’s season at the Gloucestershire-based club.
Boyle played 31 games for Cheltenham Town in the 2021-22 EFL League One season. He was the club captain for the season, and he missed 15 games through injury. Being a centre-back, he was most influential outside his penalty box, stopping threats from opposition players. Boyle managed to score four times and gave one assist in his 31 appearances.
Shown in the above visual are the locations of the duels won by Boyle in the 2021-22 EFL League One campaign. Most of the duels that Boyle won were aerial duels. Given his height of 191 cm, this should come as no surprise. The Englishman also won a good chunk of 50/50s. The type of duels Boyle won the least were the ground defending duels. Most of the duels that he won came in his half and outside his penalty box. He did win quite a few aerial duels in the opposition box, especially due his corners.
Given above are the locations of interceptions made by Boyle in the 21/22 season. The majority of the Englishman’s interceptions have come from inside his penalty box, with the rest of them predominantly coming in his third but outside his penalty area. As far as the types of interceptions are concerned, the 26-year-old completed most of the interceptions in the form of defensive duels and loose ball duels.
Displayed above are Boyle’s xT timeline, xT map and pass sonar in the 2021-22 campaign. Boyle regularly created an xT value of 0.5 or more for the Gloucestershire club. Most of his xT came from progressive passes and passes into the final third.
Will Boyle has played the majority of his career in EFL League Two but last season, he helped Cheltenham Town to a mid-table finish in the third tier of the EFL system. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the step up from League One to the Championship is too big for the 26-year-old.