Portsmouth have a lot to play for when the season resumes, as they sit in 4th place in the League One table, with promotion to the Championship still in their sights.
The strength of their squad one of the key reasons Pompey sit in the position they currently occupy.
One man who has contributed significantly towards that is their central defensive midfielder and club captain Tom Naylor, who is in his second season at the club, after joining Pompey from Burton Albion in the summer of 2018.
So far this term, Naylor has made a total of 42 appearances for Pompey in all competitions, establishing self at the heart of Kenny Jackett’s 4-2-3-1 formation, providing the link between defence and attack.
On today’s FLW Spotlight, we go into more detail about the 28-year-old’s season so far for Pompey…
Naylor has the most number of starts out in the squad, with 33, and judging from his statistics, it is easy to see why. The 28-year-old has been the key cog in Portsmouth’s machine this term.
In total, Naylor has played almost 4000 minutes of football for Pompey this term in all competitions, with 2970 of them coming in League One.
He is the player that is expected to cut out passing lanes from the opposition, as well as help to start attacks for Portsmouth.
We can see that he is not sloppy in possession of the ball, as his passing accuracy stands at 79%, which is a very respectable figure. A significant amount of those passes are also towards the final third, with a total of 381 being registered, at a success rate of over 64%.
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That compares to 171 back passes while in possession, showing that Naylor has the intent to kick start the attacking transition for Pompey.
In addition to that, Naylor has also contributed with a total of 302 interceptions in all competitions, which has helped the defence a lot.
With regards to aerial duels, Naylor has won over 64% of those attempted, which for a central midfielder is not a bad ratio.
Overall, Naylor’s statistics this season show that he is performing the sweeper role well, with his performances for the side very much going under the radar.