On the whole, it has been something of a mixed first few months of the season for Blackburn Rovers.
With five wins and five defeats from their 13 league games so far, Tony Mowbray’s side currently sit 12th in the Championship table, five points off the play-off places.
Individually, one man whose importance to Rovers has been clear for all to see yet again this season, is Adam Armstrong.
Having stepped up to fill the goalscoring void left by the injury suffered by Bradley Dack in the second half of last season, Armstrong has once again played a key role for Mowbray’s men at the start of the current campaign, and looks set to be vital to any hopes Rovers have of claiming a top six spot.
But just how good has Armstrong really been for Blackburn so far this season? Here, we’ve put the spotlight on the striker’s Championship performances since the start of the campaign, in order to find out.
The standout stat from Armstrong’s league campaign so far, is his 12 goals from 12 games, a ratio of a goal a game, which is of course hugely impressive in any side, and earns him top spot in the race for the Championship’s Golden Boot as things stand.
That is made all the more admirable by the fact that his total goals tally, is slightly higher than his expected goals tally of 10.93, indicating that Armstrong is taking more chances than anticipated on current form, highlighting just how good a finisher he is, and providing a huge amount of promise for Rovers.
Indeed, the fact he has scored more than anticipated this season is interesting, considering the long-range strikes that became such a staple of his arsenal last season, have yet to really be seen this time around.
However, the fact Armstrong is scoring so much should not be surprising, given he has already taken 61 shots in just twelve games this season, and with half of them on target, the striker is clearly working ‘keepers on a consistent basis, something that they will eventually be unable to live with.
As a result, you would expect Armstrong to be brimming with confidence right now, and when you look at some of the others stats behind his season so far, that does certainly seem to be the case.
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It also seems as though Armstrong’s teammates are benefitting from his form at the moment, as a pass success rate of 77.1% indicates he is usually a reliable outlet to be called upon when they are looking to retain possession in the final-third, something Rovers did so effectively in the second half against ten-man Preston on Tuesday night.
Despite his somewhat small stature, Armstrong’s willingness to use his physicality this season has also been noticeable at times, which is reflected in the fact he is going in for an average of 8.73 offensive duels per game, suggesting he is ready to put himself about for the cause.
With an average of almost five dribbles per game, the striker is clearly more than willing to run at opposition defences with the ball, something which given the rapid turn of pace he possess, must surely concern plenty of those he comes up against.
With Armstrong also providing six shot assists for his teammates this season, there also appear to be times where he is creating chances for his side, as well as taking them.
Taking all that in account, it certainly appears as though Armstrong’s start to the campaign could have gone much better, and Rovers will no doubt be hoping that he will continue that form throughout the course of the campaign, because if he does, who knows what he, and they, might be able to achieve.