Ranking defensively compromised wingers

Category: Player Analysis

We discovered the wingers who complete the most defensive actions and show the most commitment defending in their own half.

Published:26/10/2023

A good way to explain how football has evolved is to see how the figure of the specialist has disappeared and how players who play in defensive positions have a great offensive relevance and vice versa, players who play in offensive positions have to apply themselves defensively in the recovery of the ball and be part of a collective idea where everyone achieves game and competition objectives by doing everything at all times.

To try to extract a situation from the game and visualise it statistically, we are going to use the example of the defensive commitment of a winger defending close to his wing partner, the full-back, and how many defensive actions he attempts or completes as a parameter that quantifies this commitment. In other words, which wingers go down to defend by tackling or recovering. First let’s find out which wingers perform more defensive actions per 90 minutes, where we find one who stands out above the rest.

Yeremi Pino adds up to 12 defensive actions per 90 minutes, being the winger of the big five leagues in commitment, concentration and effort to disrupt or recover the ball. In this type of statistics the defensive style of the team has to be taken into account, as we are going to see in the following table, where we are going to visualise defensive actions, recoveries and tackles, only in their own half, where some players give us clues of how their team usually defends most of the time.

Lucas Paqueta is one of the players with the best defensive records in terms of volume, thanks to his commitment as well as the defensive demand that West Ham require from all their players, especially defending deeper and longer than the rest of the teams. Largie Ramazzani is another of the other wingers who returns more towards his own goal, along with Solly March, particularly deserving of his route and influence in attack.

Although it has become much more common to be able to press the opposition off the ball and stay in the opposition half even when the ball is lost, it is interesting to be able to measure which wide players are active defensively in their own half to close down spaces where the opposition can do damage, helping the full-back in defensive duties.

Founded in 2017 as a consultancy, Driblab has driven innovation through data in all aspects of professional football. Thanks to a transversal model, its database collects and models statistics in all directions. From converting matches and videos into bespoke data for training academies to developing cutting-edge technology, helping clubs, federations and representative agencies in talent scouting and transfer markets. Driblab’s smart data is used by clubs all over the world, with success stories such as Dinamo Zagreb, Real Betis and Girondins Bordeaux among others. Here you can find out more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
For Player Analysis we also recommend you:

How good is the forward I’m looking for at pressing and defending?

We explain how we can model our data and visualizations to understand how much and with what success the center forward we are looking for defends and works off the ball.

Joao Neves: the data makes clear his incredible impact

What does the data say about one of the most surprising midfielders of the moment? Perhaps a lot more than you expect.

‘xG Build up 5 passes’: adjusting (further) the value of players in each possession

We discover the best midfielders in possessions that generate ‘expected goals’ by measuring only the five passes prior to the last pass.

Endrick 2024: understanding his near future with data

We analyse Endrick’s rapid evolution: new areas of the field, new roles and new plays. Endrick 2024 is starting to come into view.

Expected threat open play ‘in team’: the truly irreplaceable players

We highlight the top 20 players who are most indispensable to their teams in generating danger.

Passing and carrying: who makes the most progress with the ball?

Through two metrics of ball progression, we discover the midfielders who most often progress possession with a pass or a carry.

ON/OFF: a big warning for the European champions

We used our ON/OFF tool to analyse, across 14 metrics, the impact Rodri’s absence is having on Manchester City’s play.

The Victor Boniface moment

Victor Boniface has started the season finishing five times per 90′ than last season, increasing the records of the best Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jan Oblak, the last great goalkeeper to improve his ball-playing

We look at how Atlético de Madrid and Jan Oblak have changed the way they play, getting the Slovenian more involved and more accurate with his feet.

‘Progressive runs’: the best 25 wingers

We uncover the top 25 wingers performing progressive runs in Europe’s top five european leagues.

Driblab

Información corporativa

Somos una empresa con sede en Madrid fundada en 2017 por Salvador Carmona y Cristian Coré Ramiro. Desde nuestros inicios nuestro trabajo se ha centrado en el análisis estadístico de datos para ayudar a los clubes en la planificación deportiva. Somos una consultora big data que ofrece servicios personalizados para cada cliente y defiende un modelo de gestión mixto y una comunicación constante para acompañar el día a día de las instituciones. Nuestro punto fuerte es la más amplia cobertura disponible en número de torneos profesionales y juveniles. Para más detalles, póngase en contacto con nosotros.

Colaboramos con:

           

Hemos aparecido en: