Formerly of Internazionale, then signed by Udinese, Marco Davide Faraoni spent the 2013/14 Championship season on loan to Udinese’s linked club Watford. Rumours have circulated that Leeds United are in talks with Udinese over Faraoni’s signature. This has been confirmed in some areas of the press by Faraoni’s agent. The question remains to be answered; ‘What options does Faraoni bring to the Leeds’ side should he sign?’

Table comparing Marco Faraoni, Luke Murphy and Michael Tonge (2013/14 season)

Per 90 metric Mins Play Passes Accuracy Key Pass Shots In area Out area Accuracy
Marco Faraoni 2013/14 2268 21.47 75% 0.63 1.27 0.91 0.36 48%
Luke Murphy 2013/14 3039 24.02 72% 1.33 1.07 0.27 0.80 27%
Michael Tonge 2013/14 1538 37.69 84% 0.63 1.93 0.64 1.29 48%

The per 90 metric allows a fairer comparison of individual player elements over a per 90 basis when these players have played a varying range of minutes, such as Faraoni played 2268 minutes during the 2013/14 season for Watford whereas Murphy played 3039 for Leeds United in the same season. Tonge is the busier passer of the 3 with 37.69 successful passes per 90 and is the more accurate at 84%. Luke Murphy is the one who provides the most ‘key passes’ (passes leading to shooting opportunities) with 1.33 per game whilst Tonge and Faraoni are equals with 0.63 key passes per 90.

One area, this season so far, where Leeds have been, well, pretty dire is that phase of play called ‘shooting’. It is interesting to note that Michael Tonge leads the 3 players with a figure of 1.93 shots per 90 minutes; this compares to 1.27 per 90 (Faraoni) and 1.07 (Murphy). What is of interest to note, however, is Marco Faraoni’s tendency to shoot from ‘inside the 18 yard area’ as opposed to outside the area (0.91 to 0.36) which means he possesses an inside area shot ratio (shots inside area/total shots) of 0.72; this translates to Faraoni either electing to, or being in the position to, shoot from inside the area 72% of the time. This figure is high when compared to those ratios returned by both Tonge (0.33 – 33%) and Murphy (0.25 – 25%) for inside the area shot. Accuracy-wise, both Tonge and Faraoni have 48% of shots on target whilst Luke Murphy only has 27% accuracy overall with the shots that he takes; Faraoni’s accuracy likely to be due to his tendency to shoot from inside the area whilst Tonge’s is likely to be influenced by the fact that he is an accurate shot taker with a high shot rate.

If this rumour does have any basis of truth, or if it does work out that Leeds sign Marco Faraoni, the upgrade on shooting must be considered because, in all honesty, shots on target and from inside the area are something that would develop a better, more creative Leeds game plan.

  • Ron

    In a word: Uninspiring.

    • Graham

      The writing or the player Ron :-)

      • Ron

        Ha. The player. This is one of the few blogs about Leeds I take seriously. We need Adryan signed and we need a boom young winger from one of the premier league teams on loan. Players who are championship quality alone are not what we need. We need a lift.

        • Graham

          No guarantees that Adryan is the answer to our prayers though.

          • Ron

            Well you can erase Luke Murphy’s stats from above as he’s played his last game in United colours tonight. He can help carry the Hock’s bags also as he has condemned him also. Another red card….

          • Graham

            I know, he knew – at least it’ll force Hock’s hand as to replacing him…who’ll step up to the mark though.

  • Bluesman

    Feel very negative about this propsed signing after reading the article! So will many other people! Fortunately I am able to see beyond the basic statistics presented here. The analysis does not contain any information about the context in which the players operate,, their strengths, quality or contribution to a team. It is sheer madness to take basic stats and to use them like this. The analysis should set out qualitative information and then use any, preferably all relevant sats as supporting information. The analysis is therefore flawed snd potentially very misleading!

    • Graham

      I didn’t want people to feel negative; it was a snapshot article with only basic and selective set of statistics to create a very tiny picture when looking at a very tiny area of a player’s game. I take your point that qualitative should set the storyline then quantitative present the support but all I intended to do was present basic stats.

      I’m not saying that he is a bad player or the next Gennaro Gattuso – just that he takes more shots from inside the area when compared to two current Leeds United players.

  • markman

    This is all a bit airy fairy
    he has played at the highest level with inter,our boys have mainly played against traffic cones.

    • Graham

      It is airy fairy – but I didn’t intend to go massively into depth – just create a very quick snapshot. He did play for Inter in 2011/12 Serie A season and got 599 minutes of game time in 14 appearances, scoring in a 5-0 win against Parma.

  • Jimmy

    Surely these stats must be put in context and set against the quality of the other team players at the time.
    That plus prevailing head wind, rising unemployment, the cost of oil per barrel zzzzzzz!

    Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics! You take what you want out of them.

    • Graham

      I agree Jimmy, wholeheartedly. All stats are subjective by their very nature, obviously any selection of them is for your own good and how they fit whatever story it is that you are trying to create. We are in desperate need of shots on target etc per 90 minutes and Faraoni might be the answer; might not either. Of course he might struggle with the passes/lack of killer ball/smell drifting from Bradford when wind direction changes etc but what if Leeds make wholesale changes and in comes Casper ‘the friendly’ Sloth and Adryan ‘new Pele’ Tavares….

      Do you know that 83% of all statistics are made up on the spot and only 18% are true?

      • Jimmy

        Must be were the phrase lies, damned lies etc came from Graham, makes sense!

        • Graham

          Lies, damn lies etc – surely either political election ‘promises’ or from Ken Bates

          • Jimmy

            Ha! How do you know when Ken Bates is lying? His lips move!!

  • mrbigwheels

    More bloody names in the hat. No one seems capable of coaching what we’ve got.
    As to sacking the Coach, I feel we’ll be suffering until w/c 22nd Sept for that joy.

    • leeds oldie

      Totally agree hockaday must go now we score a goal WOW then the same defending or lack of it gifts them 2 defending set pieces is basic when its in your area you clear to the third tier of the stands not 6yards to the feet of a good striker of the ball on edge of the box thats basic coaching
      the man if he is allowed will equal his forest green record before MC smells the coffee and gets rid

      • Graham

        To be fair though, those 9 on the outfield had run themselves ragged for 60 minutes with no substitutions being made until 90th minute or so – AFTER the 2 Bradford goals.

        As Shakespeare said, “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark”; seems the rot is with us too.

  • spellz

    Please someone just replace Murphy and do not quote them stats of him being the best key passer, he is lazy and well overvalued.

    • Graham

      Agreed. He is the best key passer but it must be embarrassing that your DMid partner is outpassing you in volume and doing their defensive duties too. Never rated Murphy; just haven’t.