West Ham United have had a great start to the season and entered the international break on the third spot in the Premier League with 23 points from 11 games. They have been a great side going forward as well as in defense. They are in the Europa League and have been doing fairly well in the competition. The Hammers top their group in the competition, with 10 points from four games, four points ahead of Dynamo Zagreb, who are second in the group. Michail Antonio is their top scorer in the league after a great start to the season with six goals but has been out of the scoring charts in recent games. Pablo Fornals has been another important player for The Hammers this season, and has scored four goals and provided one assist in the 11 league games. In this post, we will look at some of the stats produced by Pablo Fornals in the Premier League.
The above viz shows the attacking and creativity dashboard for West Ham’s attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals. This is his third season for the Hammers, and after scoring just seven for them in his first two seasons, he has finally had a great season come his way. He has already scored four and assisted one goal in the league for them. The black line in the above viz shows the average for the particular stat for all midfielders in the Premier League. It shows that in almost all of the stats above, Fornals has been much better than the average Premier League player with his goals, assists, touches, etc.
Fornal’s shot map shows that he has been an effective player for David Moyes this season. He likes to play on the left wing but sometimes is deployed in a central role as well. He has taken most of his shots from inside the box, with a few from outside. His goals have been from the left side and have mostly come from inside the 18-yard-box. Moyes will hope he stays in form for the coming weeks as well.
In the above viz, we can see the heat map for Fornals this season in the Premier League. It is visible that he likes to stay on the left side of the wing but has played some games as a central attacking midfielder as well. He has been tracking back to help in defending as well, which has been a plus point for his manager. Moyes would be happy with the performances of his team and will hope they maintain their form as they aim to finish in the top-four at the end of this season and qualify for the Champions League.