We continue our FPL stats series by looking at the essential Leeds FPL stats from last season. We’d recommend reading our article on the best Leeds FPL players 2021/22 too.

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Essential Leeds FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers

The interest in both Raphinha (£6.5m) and Jack Harrison (£6.0m) is well-founded as Leeds are a team that loves to play down the flanks.

They had the 5th most chances from both the left (137) and the right (139) last season. This split seems to indicate there isn’t much between the two players, but there are some differentiating factors.

For me, Raphinha is more integral to what the team do creatively, and he’s on set pieces. Leeds had the 3rd most attempts from corners last season (81), which bodes well for the Brazilian.

What does not bode as well is that despite the number of corners, the 2nd most crosses (786), and the 3rd most headed shots (96), they also had the 5th lowest cross completion (20.9%), the 2nd largest drop in pass completion in the final third (-4.8%), and only registered eight headed goals.

Maybe they should have made a move for Olivier Giroud.

Leeds were a team who would make the most of their opportunities on goal, boasting the 3rd highest expected goals on target (60.9). With an xG of 56.35, Leeds adds the most xG to shots when on target (4.54).

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Essential Leeds FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers

From a chance creation perspective, Leeds were always an adventurous side, but the lows of those adventures were often quite low.

They had the 3rd most unsuccessful passes resulting in the most errors leading to a chance (21). To compound the errors, they conceded the 4th most penalty kicks (9), and the goalkeeper parried the most saves to the opposition (31).

Leeds are best attacked through the middle and are vulnerable in the air. No team conceded more chances in the centre of the pitch than Leeds (174) compared to 111 on the left and 137 on the right.

These chances did not come from crosses; they conceded the 6th fewest crosses from the left (334) and 3rd fewest crosses from the right (139).

Despite conceding the 5th most big chances (83) – the same as Fulham – they also took away the most expected goals when defending shots on target. They had an expected goals allowed of 58.71 but an impressively lower expected goals on target allowed of 51.20. That’s -7.51 xG when on target.

Leeds seem to be an evolving team who can still be hurt by clinical finishers operating in the middle of the field. Whoever starts at centre-forward for Manchester United could have a fun start to the season.

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