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Essential Newcastle FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers
Newcastle have some similarities to Burnley in that they acquired some personality to their play at the end of the season.
After sadly losing Callum Wilson (£7.5m) for the season, they responded with a new-found attacking brand of play, spearheaded by Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m) and Joe Willock (£6.0m).
Newcastle have a slight preference for attacks on the right side as that is the side Joelinton (£6.0m) would open up to when linking play.
Their true attacking strength last season was in their counter-attacks. They had the most chances created from counter-attacks (26). They also had the lowest expected assists (xA) in the league (21.12), but unlike Wolves, it was due to many of their chances coming from crosses.
Bruce’s men had the 7th most headed goal attempts (91) and only four teams had a better cross completion than Newcastle’s 23.9%.
Essential Newcastle FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers
Conversely, Newcastle conceded the 3rd most headed goal attempts (103). Another way to exploit the Magpies was through crosses from the left. They conceded the most crosses from their right (459), 74 more than from their left.
Players like Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) and Lucas Digne (£5.5m) could do very well against them.
Defensively, Newcastle have a couple of similarities to Burnley. They had the 2nd most blocks (160) and recorded the same big chances conceded as the Clarets (73). In fairness, that was still eight less than Liverpool.
Lastly, I think it’s important to note that Newcastle have a way of gifting goals to opposing attackers.
They conceded 62 goals with an expected goals on target conceded (xGoTC) of 54.1, and their goalkeepers parried the joint 2nd most saves to the opposition (28). Newcastle even found a way to assist a rare Timo Werner (£9.0m) goal.
Which he still almost missed.
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