RANKED: Leeds United's Top 10 Players by Key Passes Completed
10 Apr 2019 07:13 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Everybody knew when Leeds United announced Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager that things were going to get interesting. The club that once rubbed shoulders with the elite in the English top flight have not played in the Premier League since 2004. However, the appointment of Bielsa looks like it could work wonders for the Whites. The high pressing, high-intensity football that the Argentine gets his sides playing is a joy to behold. This, and other shenanigans such as Spygate, have made watching Leeds anything but dull.
The passing style of Bielsa’s side is a huge part of their success, but how many of those passes made during a game have been ‘key passes’, defined by InStat Football as ‘a pass made to a teammate in a goal scoring position or one that cuts off three or more players in the attacking phase?’ Well, we have taken a look and ranked the top 10 players in the Leeds squad based on the metric of key passes completed. Read on to find who has been the most successful:
10. Kemar Roofe
Key passes completed: 8
Championship minutes played: 2,375
Roofe started the season on fire, scoring 14 times in his first 21 Championship appearances. Being a striker, he is often on the end of the key passes but has still completed eight of his own, making him tenth on this list.
9. Stuart Dallas
Key passes completed: 10
Championship minutes played: 1,134
The Northern Irish international has been making a useful contribution to the side's attacking phase, making 10 key passes during the course of the season. The winger has been with the club since 2015 and has adapted well to Bielsa’s system.
8. Tyler Roberts
Key passes completed: 12
Championship minutes played: 1,678
Roberts was brought in from West Brom as a promising young striker. He has adapted his game to often play in one of the roles just behind the striker and has been weighing in with goals, assists and vital contributions to the attacking phase.
7. Jack Clarke
Key passes completed: 13
Championship minutes played: 809
What a future this guy could have. Still only 18-years-old and making a telling contribution to a side that, as of 8th April, Betway have at 1/2 for promotion to the Premier League. Born in York, Clarke is a local lad who has come through the academy and clearly has the world at his feet. Another young English player to keep an eye on over the coming years.
6. Luke Ayling
Key passes completed: 18
Championship minutes played: 2,884
No one works harder in this Leeds United side than Luke Ayling. He has been such a pivotal player and is a lynchpin in Bielsa’s system, linking the play in transition with energy and dynamism. His 18 key passes completed will come as no surprise to those who have watched him throughout the season.
5. Barry Douglas
Key passes completed: 27
Championship minutes played: 2,126
Barry Douglas was considered a massive coup when Leeds signed him from Wolves in the summer. He was excellent as the West Midlands club won promotion last season and will be looking to emulate that with Leeds come May.
4. Ezgjan Allioski
Key passes completed: 28
Championship minutes played: 3,629
Allioski has proven he can adapt his game to play in several different positions across the current campaign. Of all the signings that joined from Europe in the last few years, he is probably the one who has worked out better than expected becoming an important cog in the Leeds machine.
3. Jack Harrison
Key passes completed: 31
Championship minutes played: 2,153
Jack Harrison is another exciting young talent making a name for himself at Elland Road. The 22-year-old is on loan from Manchester City and has done exceptionally well in his second loan spell in the EFL. With 31 key passes completed, he ranks third on the team and will have a big future in the professional game.
2. Mateusz Klich
Key passes completed: 34
Championship minutes played: 3,487
Klich is one of the players to really thrive under Bielsa. The Polish international was sent out on loan last season to Utrecht but has been a vital player under the Argentine this campaign. He has scored eight goals this season and is second on the team in key passes completed. An excellent campaign from the midfielder.
1. Pablo Hernandez
Key passes completed: 77
Championship minutes played: 2,994
Pablo Hernandez is the champion of them all, completing more than double the number of key passes than any other player in the squad. He also leads the Championship in this metric by some distance, proving that he deserves the accolades he has been getting this season