Performance in Numbers: Aston Villa can benefit from number of times Wilson gets fouled

Aston Villa’s transfer business so far has constituted of three attacking players with Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley all arriving through the door.

It’s clear that it’s an area that needs improving after Tammy Abraham’s loan deal came to an end, but a further attack-minded player who could help them get better in that department is Harry Wilson.

The Liverpool man was exceptional for Derby last term, finding the net 18 times in all competitions as he enjoyed a terrific loan spell.

However, he could now make a move to the Villans who are interested in the 22-year-old per The Mirror.

Wilson would clearly benefit Dean Smith’s men in terms of his goals output but there’s another very specific aspect of his game that could have a positive impact on the side.

That comes in the number of times he was fouled per game in the Championship last season.

On average he was brought down on 2.7 occasions every 90 minutes. It’s a tally that fails to eclipse Jack Grealish’s huge 4.7 times but it matches John McGinn’s total.

Next season, it’s highly unlikely that Villa will enjoy as much of the ball as they did in 2018/19 so they may often find that set pieces are their best route to goal.

Last campaign they scored the joint most from set pieces of anyone in the league, finding the net from 24 dead ball opportunities. That came from 186 shots they had towards goal from those types of situations.

Given the regularity at which Wilson is fouled, the number of free-kicks Villa are rewarded would improve significantly.

Against Brentford back in April, he was fouled seven times whilst against Leeds he was brought down eight times across two matches.

A further ten fouls were then committed on the Welshman across two fixtures against Norwich.

Versus the top sides, it seems like a major ploy to stop him. Therefore, the same tactic may be used against him if he signs for Villa in the Premier League.

Considering Wilson was fouled 116 times last term, it’s clear Villa would earn plenty more set piece opportunities if he arrived. As a result, it would boost one of their greatest strengths.

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