Comparing West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez and Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe – Stats Comparison
So far, it’s been an exciting start to the Championship season, with a number of teams exceeding expectations. Though Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough were on top of the table, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United drew their game against Swansea and moved to the top of the table.
It will surely be another tough neck to neck battle until the end of the season and only time will tell. But in the goalscoring charts, it seems to be an early rivalry between West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez and Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe. The former striker has so far racked up 4 while the latter also has 4 goals to his name. Both have been in impressive form this season and their underlying statistics tell you even more.
Jay Rodriguez is a familiar face when it comes to scoring goals. He was a devastating striker to come up against in the Premier League some time ago but injury problems and bad luck seem to have slightly derailed his career. However, he has been impressive so far.
Rodriguez has scored 4 goals in 4 appearances, averaging a total of 2.5 shots per game. Though West Bromwich are not too attack-oriented, the former Southampton man has been clinical in front of goal. He’s a natural poacher and is capable of finishing from anywhere outside the box as well. (Stats Courtesy – Whoscored)
Kemar Roofe, on the other hand, is hitting new heights under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. The former Lille coach has completely transformed the Leeds United team and the club are now playing a good brand of football.
Quick one touch passing is how the manager likes his players to play. Roofe has flourished playing as a lone striker in this system, giving him ample chances going forward. The striker has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in 4 games. He boasts an average of 3.45 shots per game as well, constantly keeping the goalkeeper on his toes. (Stats Courtesy – Whoscored)
Bielsa’s style of football also sees a lot of crosses whipped into the box by defenders like Barry Douglas, which provides the striker with further opportunities. Kemar has won 2.3 aerial duels in his 4 games, posing a huge aerial threat from deliveries and set-pieces. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)
While it has been a close race so far, both strikers have been in stunning form for their respective clubs. Though both strikers have scored 4 goals each, Kemar Roofe trumps Rodriguez when other statistics are taken into consideration.
Both players will definitely play vital roles for their club this season and it will be interesting to see if either of them goes onto finish the season as the top scorer.