Rangers begin their title defence with four wins and a draw in six games and are currently at the top of the table in the Scottish Premiership. James Tavernier has been one of the main attacking threats for Rangers this season. The right-back has already provided three assists and scored a goal this season in five matches he has played.
What is the playing zone of Tavernier and how has he performed this season? Let us take a look at some of the stats to have a better understanding.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
James Tavernier has three assists to his name in the five games he played for the club this season. He is one of the topmost ranked players when we look at assists per 90 minutes. The expected assist rate is more than anyone for the Englishman this season and he averages 0.31 xA rate per game.
He has shown some variation in his passes and has provided different types of passes this season. The player averages more than seven crosses per game. Tavernier averages one smart pass and through pass per game. He is ranked amongst the top players in the league when we look at the above viz.
The right-back has a goal to his name this season and averages more than a shot per game. Tavernier has also troubled the opposition by receiving around two passes per game in the opposition penalty area. He is also ranked high in the attacking actions category.
The above viz shows the pass receiving location of the full-back in all the matches. Looking at the picture we can say that he has played very wide on his natural position and has tried to cut inside from the wider positions. He has also managed to receive some passes into the opposition box and created a lot of threat.
The above viz shows the number of passes Tavernier has made to every player this season. The passes towards striker Morelos possess the most expected threat. Tavernier has already provided an assist to the striker. Most of the passes are shared with right-sided centre back Goldson and even assisted Goldson for his only goal of the season. His third assist was converted by Hagi.
James Tavernier scored 12 goals and assisted nine times last season. His numbers this season have been good, but Steven Gerrard will be expecting more from this experienced full-back. The player has been one of the top attacking performers this season and will try to add to his total of goals and assists.