After a short conversation around dribbling and end product on Twitter, It got me to thinking – why not rate the Boro squad on the current seasons end product?
First things first, I needed to decide what to class as “end product” for this excersise – and secondly, find a simple ratings system so as not to over complicate it.
The categories I chose to represent the so called “End Product rating” were as follows:
Goals, Assists, Key Passes, Successful Crosses and shots on target.
Goals and Assists obviously, because they have actually led to a goal being scored (The objective of end product), and the others because they are all actions from open play that are most likely to lead to a goal being scored.
Now to score each category without complicating matters. To keep it simple I have rated each player by allocating 3pts for a goal, 2 for an assist and one point for every other action. I have then divided the players score by minutes played – to level the playing field – totalled every action made by the squad and divided by the player total score – this gives an “end product” percentage for the season so far.
So what are the results?
Who has the best “End Product” so far this season and who’s not so hot in the creative department….
17.84% Rudy Gestede
16.01% Ashley Baker
14.32% Britt Assombalonga
10.60% Adam Clayton
8.30% Cyrus Christie
6.64% Patrick Bamford
6.61% Jonny Howson
5.16% Adam Forshaw
4.72% Adama Traore
3.60% Ben Gibson
2.76% Ashley Fletcher
2.65% Dael Fry
0.79% George Friend
The surprising score in this table is that of Adam Clayton, given the perception of his role in the team and lack of goals in his Boro career he has a surprisingly high score for “end product”.
Obviously this little project is an overly simple way of rating players for end product, but it gives us a guideline and was fun to compile. #UTB