my players first impressions

So 5 official games have gone by and I’m starting to gather opinons on some of the new boys, youngsters and just general members of the squad. Ashley Williams is probably the only member of the squad that I can’t judge yet.

I’ll start with some stats via the SofaScore app.

Top scorer
Afobe – 3

Top assists
Weimann, Palmer – 2

Scoring frequency
Nagy – 135 minutes

Av shots per game
Weimann – 1.6

Big chances missed
Afobe – 2

Big chances created
Weimann – 4

Acc passes per game (av)
Nagy – 39.5 (94%)

Key passes per game (av)
Eliasson – 1.7

Acc long ball per game (av)
Moore – 4.8

Acc crosses per game (av)
Eliasson – 1.7 (45%)

Succ dribbles per game (av)
Palmer – 1.6 (73%)

Tackles won per game (av)
Brownhill – 2.2 (73%)

Interceptions per game (av)
Rowe – 3.5

Clearances per game (av)
Baker – 6.8

Ground duels won per game (av)
Palmer – 5.6 (56%)

Aerial duels won per game (av)
Diedhiou – 6 (63%)

Yellow cards
Palmer – 3

Nice to see a couple of new boys featuring prominently and positively in those statistics. Adam Nagy, Tommy Rowe, Benik Afobe and Kasey Palmer having positive influences for the robins. I agree with this as, along with new keeper Dan Bentley, I think that these positive write ups are well deserved, especially Tommy Rowe’s good reputation after joining from Doncaster aged 30. I’m not sure many fans would’ve expected his impact, one of the best value signings this summer anywhere?

Unfortunately Sammie Szmodics hasn’t had the golden impact he seemed destined to fulfil and fellow pre-season star Niclas Eliasson hasn’t been given a huge amount of game time. Another lad who was a success in the pre-season games was Saikou Janneh is injured and Matty Taylor has gone off on loan to Oxford United. You would then think that Antoine Semenyo might then be given a chance to lead the line, but all that has happened is we have learnt Lee Johnson’s opinion of where he ranks Semenyo in the now shorter list of strikers, below Diedhiou and Afobe.

Another exciting youngster currently in the Robins squad is French lad Han-Noah Massengo, a signing that I felt very satisfied about, due to his Champions league appearence. A lot of fans feel he is the future of the club but to me I think that hyping him up so much won’t help him. Put in a good shift at Pride Park though.

Injuries haven’t helped our defence settle, but when given the chance, Nathan Baker and Taylor Moore have really stepped up and, with former Chelsea man Tomas Kalas, have provided the reds with a decent bit of solidarity. The big Czech’s injury is going to cause a few problems however. Luckily, Ashley Williams’ recent capture is the perfect replacement and a long with the possibility of youngster Tyreeq Bakinson putting in a shift the Robins can remain calm of the numbers they have in the centre back area.

Overall,the main standout is Andrea’s Weimman for scoring 2 and assisting 1, (2 if you count his dummy for the second at Derby) helping new striker Afobe settle in on the pitch and linking up well with Kasey Palmer.

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