PL2 In Numbers

Saturday 16 June 2018 06:00

See who was top for the Under-23s when it came to stats this season.

Pass accuracy

Matt O’Riley led the way for pass accuracy in the Under-23s, picking up an astonishing success rate of 88 per cent from 486 completed passes. He was closely followed by fellow 17-year-old Tyrese Francois, the Australian completing 86.3 per cent of his passes, clocking up 415 from the middle of the park. Both the midfielders played eight matches for Peter Grant's side. Of the players with more than 10 appearances, it was centre back Rob Atkinson who was the most accurate distributor of the ball, with 83.5 per cent, making 981 passes in total throughout the season.

Blocks and interceptions

The most interception by a large margin was Tayo Edun. Edun was deployed as a defensive midfielder this season and was more than effective in front of the defence. He managed to make 30 interceptions within 12 matches, also clocking up the highest rate of 2.5 per match. His closest challenger was German centre-back Moritz Jenz, who made 28 interceptions at a rate of 1.75 per match.

Peter Grant's PL2 captain Aron Davies led the way in terms of blocks. He prevented 29 shots, more than double of any of his teammates. Back-line partner Jenz made the second most throughout the season with 12.

Duels won

The highest number of successful duels was surprisingly not a defender, but winger Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson. The Icelander completer 127 duels throughout the season, with a success rate of 48.8 per cent. However, the player who was most effective when it came to duels was centre-half Rob Atkinson, winning 70 per cent of the duels he competed in. He was closesly followed by Marlon Fossey who won two thirds of his, an impressive 40 duels in only seven matches.


Unsurprisingly it was the backline who made the most headway with tackles. Steven Sessegnon had an incredible success rate of 91 per cent, winning 10 out of his 11 tackles. For players who featured 10-plus times for the Whites, Davies completed 79 per cent of his tackles, closely followed by Edun who won 25 tackles in 12 matches, at a rate of 78.1 per cent.


Crucially, the most goals were scored by forward Elijah Adebayo, who averaged 126 minutes per goal. He put nine away and laid on five assists for his teammates. He finished fifth highest scorer in the division, which is even more remarkable as he missed the second half of the PL2 season on loan at League Two outfit Cheltenham Town. He also scored two goals and grabbed three assists in his three Checkatrade outings. Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson finished joint eighth in the PL2 Division 2 scoring charts with seven goals, and also grabbed three assists. On top of that he scored one and assisted two in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Chances Created

Thorsteinsson made by far the most chances for his teammates. He created 46 opportunities to score in 21 matches, reaching a high of 2.2 per game. The closest was ex-teammate Sean Kavanagh who created 16 chances in his eight appearances for the Whites this season. Kavanagh was closely followed by fellow wing-back Sessegnon, who created 10 in his seven appearances, and forward George Williams who created 1.33 chances per appearance for Peter Grant's side.

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