The Championship is such an exciting league to watch and follow. Each team has a variety of interesting players which could potentially make it to the Premier League or any other top division in Europe. Obviously there are players who are great, but don’t have that potential but could still become top players in that particular level. In this analysis I will look to the key passing of Gustavo Hamer and his long-range passes in particular.
Gustavo Hamer has been a personal favourite of mine and his move to the Championship had both surprised me and didn’t surprise me at all. After playing for several teams in the Netherlands I would love to see if my sentiment of the guy reflected the actual performances at Coventry City.
In this article I will use data and video to assess how good Hamer has been in the department of key passing. The data and video footage come from Wyscout.
In the data that I’m using all players that have played central midfield in the Championshio 2020-2021 have been included. I’ve filtered them for >900 minutes played, as that’s enough in my opinion to make a good judgement on their data performances in the league. This leaves me with a total of 121 players to look at in data analysis.
In the image above you see a scatterplot where two metrics have been combined. You can see how well Hamer performs in the passes to final third per 90 and in the passes to penalty area. With these metrics you can assess how many passes per 90 minutes are progressing from a certain area in the field to the final third Or to the penalty area. You can measure his attacking contribution with these kind of metrics.
When we look at the number we see that he scores above average in both the passes to final third (9,21 passes to the final third per 90) and the in the passes to penalty area (2,39 passes to penalty area per 90).
It’s hard to describe what effect a key pass or through pass has without looking at it, but the attempts to make a pass that contributes to the attack of your team, can be found in the metrics Key passes per 90 and Through passes per 90. Hamer performs well and is in the quarter of the players who perform best in those combined metrics, but does perform slightly better in through passes per 90 than in the key passes per 90.
We can see that Hamer attempts quite some key passes per 90 compared to his peers: 0,23 key passes per 90. If we look at the Through passes per 90, he is quite average in passing: 1,52 through passes per 90.
If we look at the data from the key passing metric, surely we are interested to know in what passes lead to a goal or are expected to lead to a goal. We can assess that via the expected assists per 90 and the actual assists per 90, as illustrated in the scatterplot above. Hamer performs very well in this metric among midfielders when we look at expected assists per 90, but not that spectacular when looking at actual assists given. He has 0,19 xA per 90 and 0,03 assists per 90 – which compared to midfielders in the Championship is quite good.
In the two graphs below you can see how well he does compare to the other midfielders in terms of percentile ranks and in in a beeswarm plot.
In the image above you can see percentile ranks for Gustavo Hamer in terms of the key passing metrics as seen on Wyscout. What immediately caught the eye is that he doesn’t perform well in the assists per 90 metrics, but does exceptionally well in all the other metrics. His data is quite impressive when looking at his key passing numbers.
In the beeswarm plot above, you can see the same information you got in the percentile ranks but illustrated different. You can have an idea of where Hamer does rank in terms of data and players on his position.
In this video analysis we will look closer to a few of Hamer’s long-range passes in the last few matches he has played for Coventry City, as he is known to do that well for the previous teams he has played for.
In the video above we see Gustavo Hamer play with Coventry City against Stoke City and this is the first example of a pass he can pick out at long-range. He drops himself deeper to make himself available for a pass and gives himself time spot a player on the wing and give a long pass. This gives Coventry the edge that they can create threat from the wings, but also allow the advanced midfielders to move forward.
In the same game against Stoke City, we see another example of a longe-range pass executed by Gustavo Hamer. In this case we see that Coventry have a free-kick which gets cleared by the Stoke defence. Hamer doesn’t actively participate in the penalty area but stands in the right area to regain possession of the ball after the clearance, has space and time to think what he will do, and then chips the ball over the defence to an attacker of Coventry. It’s off-side in this case, but he spots the player and uses a different kind of technique to get the player in a dangerous position to create something.
In the game against Barnsley at home, Gustavo Hamer showed a different kind of pass: the long pass from a situation of pressing. He presses together with another Coventry player and regains possession of the ball. The counter-press is present but he manages to play the ball long over the defence to the running man.
The last example is from Coventry’s game against Rotherham. We see Hamer intercepting a pass and makes a move forward and sees his team mate going forward on the right side. He picks out the player and passes the ball long and high with an angle, which means the pass goes past the defenders into the path of the attacker. It’s worth nothing that he is doing this with his non-dominant left foot.
Gustavo Hamer has been really good for Coventry this season and when looking at the data and video, we can conclude that he is a very diverse player in his passing. Progressing the ball is a strength of him and his direct passing leads to many opportunities.
Telestration in video: Metrica Play