I noticed this recent addition to the Scotsman's seemingly endless series of 'statistical tables', and thought it might prompt some discussion, as we enter one of the international break 'dead zones'.
The top part is probably no great surprise, but I was surprised we are the closest to the OF, with the 3rd lowest long-pass level. My impression of the change in our game since JM took over is that we move the ball around faster than under NM, and get up the park quicker, but we do still pass the ball around a fair bit to switch play...it may have been useful to see if there's a clear shift in the long passes between the two managers' spells.
I think it would also have been more interesting to have the number of short passes as well, to see the percentage of long v short, which is perhaps a better indication of how a team tends to play. I don't know what distance Wyscout uses to define 'long'.
The Scotsman's use of the term 'route one' in the title is, I think, misleading. A 50-yard pass to the feet of a player, or over/through the defence & into the path of a striker (like Broadfoot's for Killie's goal at Ibrox) is nothing like the image 'route one' creates, of a hopeful punt up the pitch with no specific target.
The most ‘route one’ Scottish Premiership teams - ranked in order
Teams are often given back-handed compliments or outright criticised if they are too direct. It’s often viewed as not being the “proper” way to play football. With this in mind we’ve looked at the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season so far and, with the help of the statistics provided by Wyscout, ranked all 12 top flight clubs in order of how many long passes they’ve hit this season.
Total Long Passes
Long Passes per game