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7.66 defensive duels per 90: The Brighton and Hove Albion player being eyed by Championship trio

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There is set to be a transfer battle in the Championship to secure Brighton and Hove Albion defender Alex Cochrane this summer.

That is if reports are to be believed, with The Sun claiming that Coventry City, Luton Town and Queens Park Rangers are all set to battle it out over the 22-year-old in the coming weeks.

Scottish Premiership side Hearts are also in for the left-back after he spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan with the club.

With one year left on his current deal at the AMEX Stadium, it is likely that a deal can be struck for the defender this summer.

With the above being said, we thought we’d take a look at Cochrane’s performance in numbers from this season just past in order to establish the sort of player the above sides could be getting this summer.

All of the statistics below are courtesy of WyScout, unless mentioned otherwise.

Performance in numbers

Throughout the 2021/22 campaign, the coveted defender made 40 appearances for Hearts in all competitions.

When looking at the numbers behind those performances, the one thing that immediately jumps out at you are his duel numbers.

In 2021/22, the 22-year-old averaged 7.66 defensive duels per 90, and, won the majority of these, with a 62.4% defensive duel success rate.

Aerially, Cochrane also won more duels than he lost, achieving a 52% aerial duel success rate on 2.94 aerial duels per 90.

Not only does this show that the full-back is capable of being dominant defensively, it also shows that he is capable of dealing with long, cross-field balls forward.

One area of his duels that could do with some work, though, are his loose ball duels, which he averages 2.79 per 90.

In comparison to his aerial and general duel success, he only averages a  33.3% success rate in this area, demonstrating an area for improvement.

His 4.29 interceptions per 90 and solid pass success rate at 77.5% are some other positives to take from the 22-year-old’s performances last campaign.

His threat going forwards are perhaps something that the numbers show need some work, though, with attacking a key part of a full-back’s job in modern football.

Cochrane averaged 3.01 crosses per 90 in 21/22, but just 31.9% of these found their intended target.

Similarly, the 22-year-old averaged just 1.49 dribbles per 90, something you’d want to see a bit higher, although that may have been down to system.

Cochrane finished the season with three goals and four assists, though, so perhaps those numbers ease concerns with regards to his attacking ability.

All in all, Cochrane seems to be a very good defensive full-back, that can also contribute offensively when tasked to do so.

It will certainly be interesting to see where he ends up this summer.


Freelance writer currently covering all things EFL for Football League World

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