This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
According to Adam Pope, Rangers’ interest in Kemar Roofe definitely has legs.
Leeds could be losing their top scorer from last season, and while that may sound like a disastrous situation it actually might not be too bad.
The Whites do have a former Championship Player of the Year as one of their striking options, and while Patrick Bamford received a lot of criticism for his performances last season, when you look at his stats on WhoScored you quickly realise that he outshines Roofe in a number of key areas.
The above infographic shows just how underrated Bamford was last season.
Indeed, Roofe scored more goals for the team, but it’s the former Middlesbrough man who actually had the superior goals per minute ratio. Bamford’s nine goals in 1450 minutes is actually better than his counterpart’s 15 in 2510, as he scored every 161 minutes compared to the 26-year-old’s 167.
Bamford also has a higher offensive output than Roofe, averaging more shots per 90 mins than his teammate.
In terms of creativity, there is only one winner out of the pair. Both men assisted two goals last term, but with Roofe playing over 1000 minutes more than his 25-year-old teammate, a deeper look into the numbers shows that Bamford is more creative.
He averages 0.8 more key passes per game than the former Oxford United forward, and with Helder Costa joining Leeds this summer there should be more attacking support on the wings next term.
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On top of this, Bamford was also more reliable with the ball as he was dispossessed fewer times per 90 mins than Roofe.
Surprisingly Bamford is also better in the air. Roofe may have scored three headers last term but it’s the former Chelsea forward who wins more aerial duels per 90 mins.
These numbers suggest that Leeds won’t miss their top scorer too much if he does head to Rangers, as they already have someone who can make a big impact in his absence.
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