2.14 shots on target per game – The numbers behind Leyton Orient’s latest striker target

Leyton Orient have been credited with an interest in Shrewsbury striker Lee Angol, with a bid reportedly lodged for the 24-year-old.

Orient have recently been promoted back to the Football League after a two-year absence, but have lost striker Macauley Bonne to Charlton Athletic, along with Josh Koroma who moved to Huddersfield.

That’s left them hunting a new strike force for the coming season, with Matt Harold a possible partner for whoever they chose to bring it. It seems that Carshalton-born Angol, surplus to requirements at the New Meadow, is on their list of prospects.

Would he be a good signing for them? We look at his stats last season in the first of our ‘Stat Attack’ articles.

Angol spent last season with two different clubs, although all but two of his outings were for Shrewsbury. He joined League Two champions Lincoln City on loan, but only made two appearances from the bench.

Angol arrived at the New Meadow as a replacement for Stefan Payne, with the two being similar in their approach. Both are tall, good on the ball but able to receive it into their head or their feet. He started life well, four goals in eight matches perhaps had fans believing he was going to be good enough to keep them in the hunt for a top six finish.

Sadly, the shrews crumbled under John Askey and Angol didn’t impress as the season wore on. Those four early goals were all he had to show for his efforts by the end of the season, but he did play in a struggling team and spent the last four months of the season watching Lincoln from the stands.

Despite not scoring a hatful, he did average 2.14 shots per game, 44.1% of which were on target. Macauley Bonne, the former Orient striker lauded by supporters, managed 2.61, 44% of which were on target. That’s a gap that not so significant and his success is perhaps more due to the level of opposition than being streets ahead of Angol.

He had the aerial presence as well, something that does give him an advantage over other nimble-footed strikers of a smaller build. He won 29.7% of his aerial duels, not a stat that jumps out but one that impresses how many he did get into- 13.18 per game.

Finally, his passing stats are something to be impressed by. his 78.8% average pass completion rate marks him out as a ball player and although he’s able to be a target man, he’s much better when the ball is at his feet, whether that is him playing it or running with it. Not shown on the graphic is number of dribbles per game, 3.78 of which 75% were successful.


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