Hibernian are in brilliant form right now in the Scottish Premiership. They are unbeaten in the league, sitting at second with four wins and three draws. A large part of that form can be attributed to their in-form forward Martin Boyle. The Australian, who attracted plenty of interest from other outfits including Hibernian’s Premiership rivals Aberdeen, put pen to paper and signed a new contract with Hibernian.
Martin Boyle is in a goal-scoring form right now leading the Scottish Premiership top scorers’ chart with six goals in seven appearances. His brilliant start to the season awarded him with the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month award for the month of August.
Boyle has had his share of injuries during his time with Hibernian, the most serious one being the medial ligament injury, although he continued to improve his form on the pitch. Last season Hibernian finished third in the Scottish Premiership. Boyle scored 12 goals in the league and his overall goal contribution was a remarkable 27 for the season. He is expected to continue his brilliant form this season as well.
Let’s take a look at his stats this season to understand the areas in which he excels.
As indicated by the above stat Boyle attacking and creative stats are top tier. He ranks highly in terms of xG per 90, xG per shot, dribbles per 90 and attacking chances per 90. Not only has he been versatile in scoring goals he has also created plenty of chances for his team. He is similarly effective with his offensive duels per 90.
In terms of passing and progression, he ranks highly with his expected assist per 90, progressive runs per 90 and shot assists per 90. His progressive runs per 90 indicate that he is able to effectively control and carry the ball and drag his team nearer to the opposition goal.
The above stat displays his ability to create high xT with his passes to his teammates.
Boyle’s pass map illustrates the areas of the pitch which he utilizes to deliver his passes. He is most active in delivering his passes in the right-wing of the opposition half. His highest xT from passes can be seen from the passes that he delivers from the right-wing into the opposition box.
We can see a similar trend from his pass receive locations. He receives most of his passes in the right-wing in the opposition half. The map also suggests that he likes to drop deep in his own half in order to receive passes and link up with his defenders and midfielders.
Boyle’s shot map this season shows that he has scored the majority of his goals from inside the opposition box. So far, he has only scored one goal from outside the opposition box.
Martin Boyle’s stats indicate just how big of a threat he carries in the right-wing and in front of the opposition goal. He is already leading the top scorers’ chart in the Scottish Premiership and is sure to improve on his performances as the season progresses.