Wolves defender Conor Coady has said that he and his team-mates need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to maintain their recent good form.
Speaking to the club’s official website wolves.co.uk, the captain expressed satisfaction with the team’s seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League but feels that they must develop a more ruthless streak.
Coady told wolves.co.uk: “We knew we had to improve in certain areas and we spoke about improving at the start of the game because we wanted to come out on the front foot and I thought we did that in the last two weeks.
“I think it’s important that we’re ruthless in front of goal as well and give ourselves something to hold on to.”
Wolves have averaged just 11.2 shots per game in the Premier League this season, with only four teams having a lower figure for this metric, while their average of 3.5 shots on target per game is the fourth-lowest in the division. [via WhoScored]
While they tend to be among the more shot-shy teams in the top flight, they have a comparatively good scoring return, with their 16 goals in 12 games the joint-eighth highest along with Arsenal and Manchester United, the two teams immediately above them in the league table.
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Coady is right to call on the team to start games more quickly, though, with seven of Wolves’ 16 Premier League goals coming in the last 15 minutes of matches – only Manchester City have scored more often from the 75th minute onward. [via WhoScored]
By contrast, the Molineux side have scored just four times before the 60th minute this season – nobody else in the league has fewer goals in the first hour of games. [via WhoScored]
Wolves could also do with a greater spread of goals across the squad – Raul Jimenez is by far their top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions this season, with Diogo Jota the next-most prolific player on just four goals. [via TransferMarkt]
While Wolves can be pleased with their seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, there are some concerning trends emerging when their goals are analysed.
The lack of first half goals could become problematic if they come up against opposition who put them to the sword emphatically, as Chelsea did in a 5-2 win in September, while the reliance on Jimenez could come back to bite them if the Mexican gets injured.
Should that come to pass, the need for the ruthlessness of which Coady spoke will heighten considerably for Wolves.
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