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Profiling Championship Fullbacks 11:59 - May 22 with 790 viewsjasper_T

Following on from their excellent article on ball-playing centre halves, two good Twitter follows present one on Championship full-backs, looking at how they compare in terms of passing style, accuracy, and defensive contribution.

https://medium.com/@pannasandnutmegs/profiling-championship-full-backs-4a9ca8085

Unsurprisingly, Connor Roberts gets picked out as a standout, as van der Hoorn and Rodon were in the last article.

The cb one if you missed it: https://medium.com/ram-blings/profiling-ball-playing-centre-backs-in-the-champio
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:04 - May 22 with 774 viewssherpajacob

is there one on centre backs who can head the ball away at set pieces?

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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:07 - May 22 with 764 viewsjasper_T

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:04 - May 22 by sherpajacob

is there one on centre backs who can head the ball away at set pieces?


That would be the defensive & aerials duel won chart, where vdH and CCV are both below average for winning their battles in the air. Rodon slightly above.

In a team with little height overall that's obviously been an issue.
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:20 - May 22 with 729 viewscontroversial_jack

Is there one on shit Goalies?
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:27 - May 22 with 703 viewsJoe_bradshaw

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:04 - May 22 by sherpajacob

is there one on centre backs who can head the ball away at set pieces?


So many of those set piece goals were back post headers where:-

The keeper stayed rooted to his line, and,

The header of the ball wasn’t challenged at all by a defender.

If the keeper won’t come then at least challenge for the ball and try to get something on it or nudge the attacker to make it difficult. We got worse as the season progressed at set piece defending. Maybe we were equally sh1t all the way through but teams targeted it as the season progressed and saw how poor we were.

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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:29 - May 22 with 708 viewsjasper_T

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:20 - May 22 by controversial_jack

Is there one on shit Goalies?


No but here's some stats.

https://fbref.com/en/comps/10/keepers/Championship-Stats

Only one goalkeeper played more than a handful of games with a worse save % than Nordfeldt (Ben Amos played 12 games and saved 50%).
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:58 - May 22 with 650 viewsItchySphincter

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:04 - May 22 by sherpajacob

is there one on centre backs who can head the ball away at set pieces?


Defenders that can actually defend would be a start. Our defenders were, on the whole, crap last year. A decent defence would have seen us promoted, instead we struggled in a poor championship, enjoyable as it was.

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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 13:08 - May 22 with 613 viewsjasper_T

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:58 - May 22 by ItchySphincter

Defenders that can actually defend would be a start. Our defenders were, on the whole, crap last year. A decent defence would have seen us promoted, instead we struggled in a poor championship, enjoyable as it was.


Our defending was good apart from set pieces.

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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 13:52 - May 22 with 561 viewsFireboy2

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 12:58 - May 22 by ItchySphincter

Defenders that can actually defend would be a start. Our defenders were, on the whole, crap last year. A decent defence would have seen us promoted, instead we struggled in a poor championship, enjoyable as it was.


If we all remember our defence was very good in the first third of the season then got gradually worse and i said at the time that we might struggle as the season went on as some players were going to play too many games without sufficient rest as we didnt have a big enough squad i named vdh and mcsocks aa two. This could be one of the reasons along with potter sticking with nordfeldt who as we all know now is like a vampire.

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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 18:00 - May 22 with 384 viewsBytholWyn

It's remarkable how similar Rodon and Chris Mepham's stats were across a number of parameters. Where there is a difference Rodon typically has the better stats. Both played virtually all their games in the first half of the season owing to Mepham's transfer to Bournemouth and Rodon's long-term injury.

So, on the basis that Brentford got £13 million for Mepham, with a further £2 million in add-ons - we should be looking to get at least the same for Rodon. Not that I want him to leave of course, and I think he's unlikely to leave in this window. But if he were to go then if he goes for less than £13 million it will be further evidence that the owners haven't a clue how to run the club, and are still hell-bent on a fire sale.
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 18:10 - May 22 with 369 viewsjasper_T

Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 18:00 - May 22 by BytholWyn

It's remarkable how similar Rodon and Chris Mepham's stats were across a number of parameters. Where there is a difference Rodon typically has the better stats. Both played virtually all their games in the first half of the season owing to Mepham's transfer to Bournemouth and Rodon's long-term injury.

So, on the basis that Brentford got £13 million for Mepham, with a further £2 million in add-ons - we should be looking to get at least the same for Rodon. Not that I want him to leave of course, and I think he's unlikely to leave in this window. But if he were to go then if he goes for less than £13 million it will be further evidence that the owners haven't a clue how to run the club, and are still hell-bent on a fire sale.


Rodon's a year behind Mepham in terms of exposure. Was already on people's radar before the start of the season, which makes a difference in perceived value.

Bournemouth are a bonkers with their spending on young players, though. Lloyd Kelly's best position is the same as Mepham's according to some (future left-sided centre half rather than fullback) and bigger clubs than them balked at the price. Eddie Howe got a bit excited after Brooks' success, I think.

Our Joe can go further than Mepham. Better frame. Better athlete. Doesn't dawdle on the ball and draw pressure.
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks on 18:24 - May 22 with 354 viewsBytholWyn

Good points - although Mepham only started to get regular game time for Brentford half-way into last season. So I'd say he only has half a season head start on Rodon. Having seen them play alongside each other for Wales U21s it's really hard to separate them for ability and potential. Interesting to see that Rodon has the better defensive stats than Mepham. Rodon also looks more elegant in possession. My guess is that Rodon will go further - but that both will become established Premier League players.
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