Jayden Stockley has been the standout player for Exeter this season.
The Grecians are currently in the play-off semi-finals with the second leg later today. They managed to hold Lincoln to a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank, so they have the advantage going into this match.
Exeter finished the regular season in fourth place with just four points separating them from Wycombe in the last automatic promotion spot, but this disappointment doesn’t appear to have affected them going into these matches.
Stockley made 42 appearances for Exeter this season, including the play-off first leg, with 19 goals and seven assists being his attacking contributions. Altogether he averaged a goal every 173.3 minutes, so just under a goal every two games, which is an impressive return.
His assists show that he isn’t just limited to being a poacher, though, which is important if he were to move up the divisions because strikers have to be involved in the team’s final third play.
The most impressive statistic is his 22% shot conversion rate because he is clinical with the chances that come his way. Playing against League Two goalkeepers is likely to have increased this. However, it’s still an impressive rate to sustain over an entire season.
He also won 49 fouls over the course of the season, so he can be a direct option for the team if they are stuck in their own half or a passing option in a tight space in the final third because he is hard to tackle successfully.
There is a significant difference in divisions, but he has the skillset to work well in Birmingham’s set-up because of the other striker which is likely to be Che Adams. The 21-year-old could play just behind him, which would allow him to take advantage of Stockley’s runs to draw the defenders. Stockley’s numbers suggest that he just needs consistent service to thrive, which would be an improvement on their issues in front of goal this season.
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