Everton have made an impressive start to the Premier League season and are currently fifth on the table with 14 points from five games. They have only lost one of their seven games and are only two points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Everton signed 30-year-old winger, Andros Townsend in July from Crystal Palace on a free transfer. Townsend’s arrival at Goodison Park sees him reunited with new Everton manager Rafael Benitez, with whom he worked at Newcastle United.
Everton have been victim to a number of injuries to their forwards since the start of the season. Everton’s first loss was Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who suffered a quadricep injury after having a phenomenal start to the season scoring in all three first games. Their second loss was Richarlison, who suffered a knee injury and was also one of the influential players in their impressive start to the season.
Townsend has been a starter for Everton since the start of the season but was not making the headlines since the start. But in recent weeks, Townsend has risen to the occasion and has been their star performer in their results.
Andros Townsend has been involved in five of 13 goals in their seven games of the Premier League so far. He has scored three goals and provided two assists. His most important goal came against Manchester United, which earned Everton a point.
The above visual shows us the attacking numbers of Townsend so far. As seen in the above visual, Townsend has better attacking numbers than most of the players in the league. He has an average xG of 0.48 which is incredibly high for a wide midfielder. He also has attempted approximately two shots per 90 minutes and has an xG of 0.14 per shot. Townsend has had 11.47 attacking actions per 90 minutes which indicates he is highly involved in the chances that Everton have created in their games. He has a success rate of 61.11% which is better than 81% of the players in the league.
The above visual shows us the passes that Townsend has attempted for Everton and the level of threat these passes had. Townsend has been starting as a wide midfielder for Everton on the right flank as seen in the viz. He has played many passes in both halves which indicates he plays rather deep when the opposition has the ball but has the pace to move up the pitch quickly when his team recovers the ball. Being a left-footed player playing on the right flank, Townsend always has the option of cutting inside from the wing and attempting a shot on goal or putting in a cross towards his striker. We can see that there a higher number of passes in the final third of the pitch and most of these passes made into the penalty area have a high expected threat.
Townsend has also been heavily involved in winning the ball back for his team as he has attempted a high number of duels in both halves. The above visual shows us the different types of duels that Townsend has attempted in order to recover possession of the ball. He has attempted more ground defensive duels in his half and this indicates he always tracks back in order to help his right back and this was seen in the United game as well. Manchester United have been most effective while constructing their attacks from the left flank with Luke Shaw always on the attack for the Red Devils. But it was seen that United depended more on attacking from the right flank as Townsend did not allow Shaw the space to move forward as much as he would have liked.
Townsend has been an important signing for Everton and considering that Everton did not have to pay a transfer fee for his arrival, Townsend has performed incredibly well for them. He is a vital part of his manager’s plan for the club this season and we will see more from him as he continues to impress with brilliant performances.