One of the players who has been in the limelight for the last couple of seasons has been Leandro Trossard. The Belgian international was introduced to the English Premier League by Brighton in 2019. They signed him from KRC Genk, and since then, the 28-year-old has been ever-present in Brighton’s attack. He was on the wishlist of a few clubs in the summer, but Brighton managed to retain their talented forward. However, things might go out of hand for the Seagulls as some of the teams are preparing to sign the talent. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as two of the biggest teams chasing the player. Leandro Trossard is having a great 2022–23 season, and here are some of the stats that show why these North London rivals are behind the Brighton forward.
Leandro Trossard is a regular member of Brighton’s starting 11. The 28-year-old has made 16 appearances for the Seagulls in the English Premier League this season and has seven goals along with two assists to his name. He is just one goal behind his highest goal tally in a single season. Trossard plays on the left wing for his club and country. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the player in comparison to other centre-forwards. It can be observed that the player has a high percentile rank in the attacking and possession departments. He is a goalscorer and a playmaker for his side. The second image shows the attacking areas of the Belgian international. Trossard makes full use of the width of the field and likes to cut back inside onto his favourite right foot. He attempts 4.12 dribbles per 90 minutes, and 51.6% of these duels have been successful. The crosses have been a bit inaccurate for the player. He attempts 2.7 crosses and 35.7% of these get delivered. Overall, the forward has been impressive this year.
Improvement in front of the goal
One of the primary reasons why these clubs thought about going in for the Belgian international is his ability to find the back of the net consistently this season. With seven goals already, Leandro Trossard averages around 0.45 goals per match. He averages 2.25 shots per 90 minutes and has an accuracy rate of 48.6%. The above viz shows that the forward has attempted most of the shots from the left side of the field. He generally likes to come inside the penalty box like a wide forward and take his attempts.
Last season, Trossard scored eight goals in 34 English Premier League appearances. He averaged 2.16 shots per 90 minutes, and 38.4% were on target. The shooting zones were a bit different as Trossard tried a few shots from the central zones as well. This season, he has attempted more shots coming in from the left wing.
Creativity from the flank
The 28-year-old also offers a bit of creativity from the left side. He can play a pass or two inside the penalty box and even stretch the opposition’s defence by making full use of the pitch’s width of the pitch. Trossard has managed to provide five assists in the last two seasons. The above viz shows that the forward has played some dangerous passes by penetrating the penalty box, and a few have resulted in assists. Trossard makes 3.8 passes to the opposition penalty area per 90 minutes, and 47.5% of them are successfully delivered. The teams chasing him have more quality in their attack than Brighton, and these passes might result in assists.
Who could challenge Trossard for a place in the starting 11?
Gabriel Martinelli plays on the left side of the attack for the Gunners. Trossard’s inclusion in the lineup may limit the Brazilian’s playing time. However, it won’t be easy for the Belgian to replace the 21-year-old. Both players have scored the same number of goals and provided the same number of assists. The above viz shows the percentile rank comparison of both teams in different stats. It can be observed that Trossard dominates when passing the ball. Martinelli has better attacking stats and poses more goal-scoring threats. Trossard could add more creativity to Arsenal’s attack.
Son Heung-Min also plays on the left wing for Spurs. The South Korean had a prolific 2021/22 season and scored 23 goals in the English Premier League. However, this season he has failed to find his touch and has four goals and two assists in almost half the number of appearances. Trossard has performed better than Son this season and could replace the 30-year-old if Spurs sign the player.
Leandro Trossard’s inclusion in the team would have a direct impact on goals and team results. The 1×2 odds are likely to be affected as his inclusion would give his team more chances of winning. The odds are likely to go down. For the over/underlines, the over lines would see a slight increase in the rate as the probability of scoring goals would increase.
Both North London rivals will look to sign the talented Belgian for their squad. He would add more depth to the squad and could also make a direct entry into the starting 11. Arsenal are chasing the league title, while Spurs will be hoping to finish in the top four. Both teams will be competing for the signing of the 28-year-old.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine