No Premier League player has contested more aerial duels than Joelinton this season according to the statisticians.
As revealed by Scouted Football’s Joe Donnohue, the Brazilian has went up for 63 aerial duels over our opening 5 games this season.
He’s won 21 of those, which is a decent return given he was anything but a target man at Hoffenheim, but does it point towards a ‘lump it long’ style of play?
His success rate of 33% is impressive given he’s in a new, physical league and isn’t known to be a bulldozing, Andy Carroll-esque striker, however this stat suggests Bruce’s tactics is to pump it long to the big man up top.
While we have scored in every game this season following the 0-1 defeat to Arsenal on the opening day of the season, we’re yet to score more than one goal in a game (1 against Norwich, Spurs, Leicester, Watford and Liverpool) and must get better balls into Joelinton in good areas – not punt hopeful long balls and hope for the best.
He’s clearly a talented player and held up the ball well once against at Liverpool, but service up to him and the two wingers either side of him must improve if we’re to carry a more consistent goal threat.