Manchester City signed İlkay Gündoğan from German club Borussia Dortmund in 2016. His career in the English Premier League didn’t start like he would have expected to. The midfielder had to spend some time on the sideline due to injuries and missed the game time in his early days in England. Now he has settled well into the team and has shown some attacking threat.
The above viz shows the attacking and creativity of the midfielder from last season. When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
Pep Guardiola was without Kevin de Bruyne for a few games and Ilkay Gundogan stepped up as the senior player in his absence. Gundogan made 28 appearances, scored 13 times and provided two assists. The German had scored 15 goals and provided six assists in the previous four seasons. He averaged 0.54 goals per 90 with an xG rate of 0.44 per 90. He was ranked top amongst the other players in the division. He attempted more than two shots per game with an accuracy rate of 40%. The player averaged more than two touches within the opposition box per 90 minutes.
This is the shot map of Gundogan from the current season. The midfielder has featured in six games for the Manchester club and has scored on two occasions. He has attempted 14 shots and three shots have been on target. The goals are scored from inside the opposition 6-yard box. Gundogan attempted six shots in the match against Leicester City. He has taken 18 touches in the opposition box so far this season. The goals were scored against Leicester City and Arsenal.
The pass map of Gundogan shows that he has been flexible with his positioning and has played centrally as well as on the left and right sides of midfield. His 20 passes have landed in the opposition box and three passes out of the 20 have landed in the opposition 6-yard box. Those passes have created the most threat and his expected assist rate this season is 1.46.
Gundogan has attempted the most number of passes towards Jack Grealish. He has attempted 39 passes towards him and the xT rate is 0.18. The highest xT rate is created from passes towards fellow midfielder Rodri. Gundogan has created an xT of 0.44 from his 32 passes towards the defensive midfielder.
Gundogan has received 43 passes from Joao Cancelo and those passes have created an xT of 0.66. The German has received 15 passes each from Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva. Both the players have provided an assist for the two goals scored by him.
The pass map showed us that how Gundogan has operated from all over the midfield. The heat map is the clearest visualisation of Gundogan’s position on the pitch. He has operated from the left side of the central midfield. His average position is within the opposition half and just behind the attacking third. The German has also tried to get in the box from wider positions.
Ilkay Gundogan has transformed while going forward in the recent seasons. The midfielder has already scored two goals and has provided stability to the midfield. Pep Guardiola is known for his tactical changes and he would expect his senior players like Gundogan to step up whenever he is needed. The player has grown a lot and is a crucial part of the Manchester City team.