Under the microscope : Viktor Gyokeres – the Coventry striker leading their Premier League push | OneFootball

Under the microscope : Viktor Gyokeres – the Coventry striker leading their Premier League push

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Coventry City have climbed up the table slowly in the EFL Championship and really look set for at least a promotion playoff position. They have won their last three matches out of five, including a 4-1 battering of Fulham.

They are currently third in the table behind West Brom just by goal difference. Mark Robins and his men have one of the best attacks in the league and they keep getting better with every passing day.

One of the biggest stars among their ranks have been their Swedish forward, a 23-year-old Viktor Gyokeres who has taken the division by storm. His brilliant form in front of the goal has seen him become the third-highest goal scorer in the league with nine while also setting up two goals for others.

Deemed to get even better with time by most of the fans, we look at his stats from the season.

Gyokeres has played as one of the forward pair in Coventry’s 3-4-1-2 system mostly on the left side of the pitch. However, he has shown great work-rate covering almost every inch of space in the final third of the pitch. Playing mainly on the left, he has spent most of the time on the left side of the penalty area – the red and orange areas in the above viz, while also drifting a lot towards the right side and spending considerable amount of time just outside the box in the attacking third.

The Swedish international has played almost 95% of his passes in the opposition half and has been a real dangerous player with the ball on his feet. He has attempted a total of 254 passes  with an accuracy of 68% which he can certainly work on to make better, averaging 25 passes per 90 with 45 touches on the ball. Most of his passes have been short and just outside the penalty area, trying to link-up and play quick one-two with other teammates and make runs into the box. Gyokeres has put in a lot of dangerous balls into the box for others with xT sometimes as high as 0.2750 and registering two assists to his name.

The forward has not been afraid to test the keeper and has attempted a lot of shots from different angles on the pitch, most of them being from the left side. He has scored eight goals from inside the box, where he has taken the majority of his shots; while also scoring from outside the box on one occasion. Coventry has relied on him to score goals hugely with the player averaging a goal every 102 minutes. Gyokeres has scored eight goals with his stronger right foot while scoring with his head once.

He remains the most clinical forward in the league in front of goal, with the most shots on target(21) , scoring nine times which is a really impressive conversion rate. Gyokeres has registered 72% shot accuracy to show from.

He has been one of the best forwards in the league ranking almost higher than the league median in every metric. He ranks 97th percentile in goals scored per 90 while ranking 91st percentile in xG accumulated per 90. He has been one of the players with the highest number of touches in the opposition box ranking 97th percentile per 90. Gyokeres has also engaged in a lot of offensive duels per 90 ranking 97th percentile in the league again.

With 11 direct goal contributions from 16 goals scored in the league, Viktor Gyokeres is by far the most important player in Mark Robins’ shed. A lot of hope and confidence hangs upon his shoulders if Coventry City want to win promotion to the Premier League next season.

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