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Essential Leicester FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers
Leicester were awarded the joint most penalty kicks last season (10). Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) scored eight of these but those eight were only against four teams.
Leicester only created 11 counter-attacks last season, but they also registered the 3rd most through balls (35).
75.3% of Leicester’s chances came from the centre and the right.
Like most teams during pre-season, they are evolving. James Maddison’s (£7.0m) rumoured departure would be a strange one unless they plan on bringing in a technical player to improve on the Foxes’ 4th most unsuccessful passes (3502).
A new signing would be essential for Leicester to maintain their style of play. They need a creative player who can distribute in the middle of the field. This is typified by the joint lowest cross completion with Manchester City (18.5%).
They also registered a league-low headed shots (56).
Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m) led Leicester’s expected goals (xG) over-performance. He had an xG Delta of 3.8 in his limited minutes last season and an FPL goal involvement of 47%. Leicester had the 2nd highest xG Delta last season (11.86). 2.12 of that over-performance was due to adding xG on target.
With all the rumours and potentially moving parts, Leicester are a team to keep an eye on.
The signing of Patson Daka (£7.5m) could be transformational for Leicester. While he is coming from a much inferior Austrian league, he remains a statistical monster. Playing 4,836 minutes, his per 90 stats are:
- Goals: 1.00
- Assists: 0.20
- Shots: 3.96
- % on target: 49.3%
- Goals/shot: 0.25
- Goals scored minus goals allowed while player was on the pitch: +100 (+1.86/90)
- Cards: 6 yellow, 0 Red
- Age: 22
He has the stats of a dominant and mature player. It may be difficult for Brendan Rodgers to keep Daka on the bench.
Essential Leicester FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers
Similarly to Arsenal and West Ham, I don’t have many observations of Leicester from a defensive perspective. They do concede many more crosses from their left side (358) than their right (289). The young Luke Thomas (£4.5m) often struggled to protect that side.
Despite having the 4th fewest blocks (90), they still managed to take away 3.75 xG from opposition attacks when those shots were on target.
This was in large part thanks to Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) in midfield and the way they cover space and plug lanes.
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