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Perez will have to improve in a key area to become a hit at Leicester

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

Ayoze Perez’s move to Leicester City rather came out of nowhere last week.

The Spaniard enjoyed a cracking end to the 2018/19 season, scoring six in his final five games of the campaign. Rather deservedly so, it earned him a big £30m move.

Reports emerged on Tuesday night on Twitter revealing that a deal could be set to take place before the club officially announced him as a Foxes player on Thursday.

The 25-year-old arrives with a host of qualities, not least in his ability to score goals, netting 13 times last term in all competitions.

However, rather surprisingly, he can also offer something in a defensive phase of play, as we’ve detailed previously.

Despite all of that, there is a key area of his game that he’ll need to work on as he embarks on a new chapter with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.

Perez has excellent technical abilities but the regularity at which he loses the ball can make him quite a frustrating player.

In total, he was dispossessed 2.1 times per match whilst he also took 2.7 unsuccessful touches of the ball every 90 minutes.

Of course, you have to bear in mind the fact Perez was the No.10 in a largely defensive team – he was encouraged and sometimes forced to take risks because there wasn’t adequate support around him.

But it’s still a concerning record, especially given the fact he only managed 1.2 dribbles.

That statistic isn’t particularly high with Ricardo Pereira and Harvey Barnes managing significantly more per game out of the current Leicester side, making 1.9 dribbles a piece.

But when it comes to dispossessions, he is far worse than every single member of the Foxes team.

Ben Chilwell lost the ball the highest number of times in the Leicester side last season if you exclude Adrien Silva, being dispossessed 1.3 times whilst Youri Tielemans also lost possession on 1.2 occasions each match.

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Therefore, if you consider how often Perez finds himself being challenged by an opposition player, it could be incredibly detrimental to the way Leicester play.

In two matches he lost the ball an incredible six times, being bullied against West Ham and Burnley in February and March.

Perez was meanwhile dispossessed on three occasions in a further seven separate fixtures.

For all of his qualities elsewhere, this is worrying, and if they are to get the best out of him Rodgers may have to instruct the Spaniard to release the ball quicker.

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