Interesting post from whoscored.com who e analyse the stats of Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard from the 2013/14 Championship season during his loan spell with Birmingham City and ask whether Lingard’s Birmingham Form justifies an Old Trafford return?
With 5 goals in just 4 appearances, Lingard is scoring a goal every 68 minutes; the best return of every player in the Championship with at least 2 appearances this term.
With a conversion rate of 41.7%, this figure is substantially better than all 4 of United’s Premier League goalscorers this term, Januzaj and Danny Welbeck (22.2%) the closest to matching his return. Boasting a shot accuracy of 58.3%, he’s also more accurate with his efforts on goal than the champions’ current goalscoring quartet, with Wayne Rooney (50%) his closest challenger. What is more, his pass success (82.5%) wouldn’t put him out of place when up against the current crop of United attackers, with Lingard undoubtedly capable of retaining possession in an advanced role.