Stat Attack: Jordon Garrick

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As you know by now, the Imps have captured Jordon Garrick on a season-long loan from Swansea City.

Garrick is no stranger to this division, having previously played for Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle on loan. In 2020/21, he played 1392 minutes for Swindon as they were relegated but only joined in the winter window. He appeared in 19 League One matches, starting 13. Last season he progressed to Plymouth Argyle, who were desperately unlucky to finish seventh, just outside the top six. Garrick had a decent season with Plymouth, playing 2601 minutes, 2065 of those in League One. He started 19 of their League One matches, appearing in 42 all-in.

As that was his most recent football, I’ve decided to have a look at his outings, pulling some interesting stats in. First of all, here’s what Jordon ays about himself as a player, as per the YouTube video below.

“I’m very direct, versatile as well, I can play anywhere across the front three. I’ll always give a hundred per cent; whether the game is going right for me or not, I’ll always run. I’m skilful, I like to score goals and assist.” Despite the versatility, Jordon did allude to wanting to work under Mark Kennedy because he was also a winger, suggesting a place on the right-hand side of the attack.

What do you want wingers to do? Score and assist would be the obvious answer, and last season Jordon scored seven times for the Pilgrims. Three of those came in the FA Cup, two of them in a 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday. He bagged in four league games, curiously all away from Home Park. His assists stats are interesting; he help his team to a goal in the EFL Trophy against Arsenal Under 21s, then chipped in with a further seven assists; that’s the seventh highest figure in League One. He created two goals in a 3-3 draw against Fleetwood Town and two away at Accrington Stanley in a 4-1 win.

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That assists figure means only £4m man Scott Twine, Sunderland’s Alex Pritchard and Irish duo Gavin Whyte and Ronan Curtis created more goals in the league for their teammates. He was level with the likes of James McClean and Luke McCormick but finished higher than them for assists per 90 minutes. Statistically, he created a goal every three or four matches. Overall, 13 goal involvements are quite something and well ahead of many of our attacking players from last season.

Duelling with Chris Maguire last season – Credit Graham Burrell

Garrick also liked a run and a dribble, and although the numbers are not top ten in the division, they’re still impressive and feed into his claims of being direct. He made 2.27 progressive runs per 90 for Plymouth, which isn’t bad considering he was mainly playing through the middle rather than out wide. A progressive run is one that covers 30 metres if starting in your own half or 15 minutes when in the attacking half. That left him 27th in the division, only just behind Charlie Kirk of Crewe, another relatively big name.

In terms of simple dribbles, Jordon averaged 5.14 per game, with a 51.4% success rate. To add some context to that, Bruno Andrade, a star for us in 2018/19, made 6.45 per game that season, with a 52% success rate. Jordon’s stats put him in Andrade territory, and it left him 30th in the League One table last season. Morgan Whittaker made more during his short stay with City, 7.5 per 90, with a similar success rate. When Jordon Garrick says he is direct, he’s not stretching the truth.

He also works hard, and I mean hard. He was top ten in the division for offensive duels, which is a duel that happened when the player was in the possession of the ball. Basically, he was challenged 16.95 times per 90 minutes, with a 30% success rate. That’s impressive in that he was clearly a player who got on the ball and liked to give defenders something to think about. The players ahead of him were Patrick Roberts, far and away the best player in League One last season, Brandon Hanlan (a pre-season target of ours), Oladapo Afolayan and Kion Etete, who just signed for Cardiff. Illustrious company.

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There’s also a bit of shot data here to analyse, which doesn’t tell us too much apart from the fact he did shoot. It’s interesting that for a right-footed player, he took more shots with his left, which may have been down to where Plymouth were playing him. His on-target ratio of 30.3% isn’t bad; Lewis Fiorini’s accuracy was 30%, so he’s in decent company there, although Fiorini had twice as many shots. One bit of feedback I’ve heard from some Swansea fans is about the end product; there’s clearly no issue with assists, but perhaps we’ll be working on improving his confidence in front of goals. That said, he’s clearly a player who does like to get forward, attack defenders and chip in with assists and goals.

He’ll do well to catch Cohen – Credit Graham Burrell

All in all, Jordon’s claims are certainly backed up by the numbers, and on the face of it, he is exactly what we need. If there’s one criticism that can be levied at some wingers, certainly those from clubs higher up than us, it can be they don’t adjust to the physicality of League One, and they don’t always put in a shift. That’s a sweeping generalisation, the like of which I will always pour corn on, but there’s certainly no fear of that with Jordon whether you believe it to be true or not. He’s played more games at this level than some of our squad, and at 24, he’s just coming into the realms of experienced signing rather than a young prospect. I could see what the club saw in him after a cursory glance at his biography on Tuesday night, but now I’ve had a chance to delve deeper, I can see exactly why he’s been brought in.

I think he could be a strong signing for City because the numbers suggest he has quality on the ball but a high work rate off it, and that’s a great combination.