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  • July 30, 2014

    Player Heatmaps: Jay Rodriguez 2013/14 EPL Season

    By Colin Trainor
  • Just a really quick post as I wanted to try something different.

    Just a really quick post as I wanted to try something different.

    There was some discussion on my Twitter timeline yesterday around exactly what sort of a player is Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez.  Is he a centre forward, a winger or a wide forward?

    Using Opta data, I created a heatmap for all the attacking touches that Rodriguez took in the Premier League last season.  The attacking touches are passes, shots and takeons.

     

    Attacking Touches

    Heatmap Attacking

     

    Defensive Touches

    I also created a similar one for his defensive touches, ie fouls, clearance, tackles, interceptions and blocked passes:

    Heatmap Defending (1)

    I would say that Wide Forward is probably the best description for Rodriguez.  He certainly isn’t a winger as he comes into the centre a lot, and is not especially creative, with just 0.6 Key passes per90 last season.

    He shot at a rate of 3.3 per90, and his 15 league goals scored was well in excess of the 11.5 ExpG that our model had him in for.

    Anyway, that’s all on Jay-Rod for now

    Article by Colin Trainor