This Statistical Analysis Of Benteke’s Poor Form Is A Fantastic Read

1 Posted by - March 29, 2018 - News

Christian Benteke’s poor form in front of goal has been one of the biggest talking points for Palace fans throughout the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and thanks to the article attached here, we now have in-depth analysis into why the Belgian may be misfiring so badly.

It goes without saying that any striker, particularly one that cost a club £32 million, will be judged primarily on the goals that they score from week to week but as with everything in the world of professional football, there is a great deal more to Benteke’s recent barren run than meets the eye.

Used primarily as the team’s lone striker in a 4-5-1/4-3-3 system since August, a fair few supporters have independently remarked on how deep the Belgian has dropped in order to impact play; a shift that has seen him play a greater role in the build-up of our attacking efforts but had an obvious knock-on effect in terms of the amount of goals he’s got to his name.

There is no point in trying to hide the fact that the former Liverpool man has missed a large number of gilt-edged chances this term but after the disjointed start to the season we endured under the management of Frank de Boer, not to mention the long-term injury picked up when playing away at Manchester City, there are feasible reasons for the big man’s current lack of confidence in front of goal.

Given the huge part headed goals play in Benteke’s tally over the last few years, it’s worth noting that our style of play has shifted rather dramatically away from regular crosses into the penalty area since Roy Hodgson first took up residence in the Selhurst Park dugout back in September.

Whilst I’m keen not to rip all of the different facts and figures out of what is a superbly put together piece, the above article does mention that both of Benteke’s goals this term (headers against Leicester and West Ham) came in games where he attempted 11 and 13 crosses respectively, whereas last season’s 4-1 home win over Stoke saw us swinging a mammoth 46 balls into the box over the course of 90 minutes.

You may have already made your mind up about Benteke’s overall game but for those of you who remain curious about the reasons behind his season-long slump, I thoroughly recommend giving the above feature a read.

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3 Comments

  • tzcar March 29, 2018 - 8:09 am Reply

    no im not having this.benteke,s overall performances have been dredfull.this was highlighted even more when sorloth played.benteke,s lack of commitment,has left us in essence playing with 10 men.for me no matter what we like fighters in our team.he must be sold come july.no more excuses ,face up to the fact he does not try enough.and goodness knows we,ve needed him this season,and he just has,nt turned up.no excuses,just get rid.

  • Help March 29, 2018 - 9:04 am Reply

    Thankyou for writing this and giving it the airtime it deserves in short with limited crosses and by the way poor crosses coming in ie Townsend stop cut in straight ball with left foot , he literally has had his confidence battered , 442 hasn’t helped we r just not playing to his strengths he is known for heading so let’s put good crosses in wild right Townsend left his confidence will return if it doesn’t sell him , but u will see a different player

  • Help March 29, 2018 - 9:27 am Reply

    Another fact wilf and Townsend 2nd and 3rd most completes dribbles in Orem so why aren’t we scoring ? Because they are not Damien duff and roben they are ballers quick sprinting terrifying pace both playing currently in the wrong part of the pitch and guess what in a 433 on the break and with wilf right Townsend left they will assist and score as will Benteke I’ve been banging on about this for months now , get on with it

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