Introducing Marcus Tavernier, the Premier League’s most prolific dribbler

Solely 4 gamers have began all 13 league video games for Bournemouth this season. Three of them—Adam Smith, Chris Mepham and Jefferson Lerma—are names that many have come to affiliate with the Bournemouth of outdated regardless of having important roles to play within the crew’s present make-up.

The fourth is summer time signing Marcus Tavernier, a a lot lesser-known amount among the many wider Premier League viewers, however a participant whose affect has actually been felt by Bournemouth followers — and for good purpose.

In keeping with Opta, Tavernier has accomplished probably the most dribbles within the league this season (30). That’s regardless of the actual fact Bournemouth have seen much less of the ball than another top-flight crew this marketing campaign (38.6 per cent).

Admittedly, an harm to Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin means the title for the league’s most outstanding dribbler is up for grabs. However how has Tavernier managed to sneak his approach to the highest with Bournemouth and what does this inform us about his total recreation?

Bournemouth signed Tavernier to play effectively as a left wing-back in former supervisor Scott Parker’s 5-3-2 formation. Whereas he performed the vast majority of final season in central midfield for Middlesbrough, Bournemouth had been in want of a naturally left-sided defender as Jordan Zemura was the one different participant within the squad able to taking part in that position.

Below Gary O’Neil although, Tavernier has displayed his versatility—taking part in on each flanks largely as an auxiliary wing-back to make a again 5 out of possession but additionally thrusting the crew ahead like a winger when in transition. In his first 14 appearances, Tavernier has proven he can set off counter-attacking alternatives on his personal along with his tenacity and anticipation to win the ball after which use his velocity and ball-carrying to progress the ball quickly by means of the thirds.

Judging by his underlying stats, a brief change of supervisor has not stopped Tavernier from doing what Bournemouth’s scouts at all times thought he was able to in a pink and black shirt.

Amongst Bournemouth gamers, Tavernier has accomplished probably the most whole carries (189) and registered the best variety of shot-ending carries (six) and chance-creating carries (5). He has additionally carried the ball progressively for the longest whole distance (1152.9 meters).

For readability, Opta defines a dribble as “an try to beat an opponent when in possession of the ball” and a carry is outlined as “a participant shifting the ball 5 meters or extra”. The scatter graph beneath reveals simply how a lot Tavernier outperforms his team-mates in each metrics.

The graphic beneath reveals the place Tavernier has progressed the ball by means of his carries this season.

He’s driving Bournemouth up the pitch from each side having performed on each flanks and is beginning and ending these strikes in several methods and areas.

Amount is one factor, however because the graphic beneath illustrates, the standard of Tavernier’s carries is markedly superior to anybody else on the membership.

Possession worth basically means ‘purpose likelihood’. This can be utilized for passes and crosses however on this occasion, when a participant carries the ball someplace that makes his crew extra prone to rating, that reinforces their likelihood of scoring.

Because the graphic reveals, Tavernier is Bournemouth’s most frequent and handiest ball service this season — and by some margin, too. Given Dominic Solanke, Zemura and Ryan Christie are all succesful ball carriers in superior areas, the contributions shouldn’t be as imbalanced because the graphic signifies.

Contemplating Bournemouth have the bottom common possession within the league, their important supply of assault has largely are available in transition, the place Tavernier has thrived. Transition is outlined because the 4 actions after an open-play possession regain.

The following graphic reveals Bournemouth are simply as counting on Tavernier’s ball development in these conditions, with the 23-year-old being the one participant to considerably improve the crew’s likelihood of scoring on the break by means of crosses, dribbles and passes.

As proven beneath, Tavernier can be the crew’s second-most helpful go receiver in transition (behind Solanke). He could be first if crosses weren’t included.

That he’s the league’s most prolific dribbler in a crew that sees much less of the ball than another facet reveals how a lot Tavernier is doing with so little. The very best common distance he carried the ball in a league recreation this season (16.3 meters) got here within the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, the place Bournemouth had simply 29 per cent of the ball — their lowest tally in a recreation this marketing campaign.

This makes theoretical sense as groups usually go away area in behind when attempting to interrupt Bournemouth’s low block down. That area makes for simpler dribbling alternatives, which Tavernier is clearly cashing in on.

The build-up to Kieffer Moore’s first purpose towards Tottenham supplied an ideal instance of the type of attacking high quality Tavernier injects into Bournemouth’s restricted forays ahead. The previous Middlesbrough participant intercepted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s free go out to Ryan Sessegnon earlier than discovering Lewis Prepare dinner and making a curved run into the area Sessegnon vacated.

Prepare dinner then drilled a go into Solanke, who managed effectively with Clement Lenglet on his again, turned and laid the ball off to Tavernier, who carried on his run past Tottenham’s again line.

In the meantime, Moore’s run went unopposed as Tavernier’s burst ahead attracted Davinson Sanchez’s consideration.

Tavernier’s velocity and directness compelled Sanchez to commit, permitting Moore a free run into the field…

… the place he completed first-time into the far nook.

That Tavernier began the transition with an interception and nearly single-handedly drove his crew upfield along with his ball-carrying to grant Moore as a lot area as he had in Tottenham’s field — all in eight seconds — reveals precisely why Bournemouth have relied a lot on him on the break.

This isn’t to say Tavernier has been good within the closing third. He’s not the cleanest dribbler and his closing ball has left rather a lot to be desired. The above sequence of photographs was his first help in 13 video games.

But his involvement in all three of Bournemouth’s targets towards Leeds reveals he’s fine-tuning his finish product and rising into his position because the crew’s livewire.

(Prime picture: Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside by way of Getty Photos)

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