The Armenian star was a key player for Roma under Fonseca’s management. His contribution can make a difference this season with Mourinho as well. Stats confirm his importance for the Giallorossi.
When we analyze the skills of a player we must focus on data at times. Numbers are important to understand the overall impact of a player in the development of defensive and offensive plays.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the Lupi in the summer of 2019. Thanks to his touch and vision, he quickly impressed everyone and got a starter role in the glorious club of the Eternal City after highs and lows in the U.K.
MKHITARYAN | STATS (2019-20)
- Caps: 27
- Goals: 9
- Assists: 6
MKHITARYAN | STATS (2020-21)
- Caps: 46
- Goals: 15
- Assists: 13
The 32-year-old from Yerevan (Armenia) has been an absolute pleasure to watch. Although Roma clearly underperformed in the past two seasons, the captain of the Armenian national team had the ability to stand out and lead the Giallorossi when possible.
If we take into consideration the past season, Mkhitaryan’s support to the Lupi has been terrific. The xA value (expected Assists) unveils his ability to create quality chances for his teammates. Mkhitaryan made several great assists throughout the season as confirmed by his xA value, 8.95.
But what does 8.95 really mean?
That value refers to the expected assists (xA) calculated based on how likely a pass, that ends in a specific area, will result in a goal. The key factor to take into consideration when analyzing the xA is that that value increases depending on the position of the pitch where that pass (or assist) was performed. Therefore, we can say that under Fonseca‘s management the Armenian midfielder was very dangerous for the opposing defenses.
MKHITARYAN | xA STATS (2020-21)
- xA: 8.95
- Assists: 10
Considering that, in the 2020-21 campaign, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the most important player for the Giallorossi. Although Roma failed to qualify for the Champions League and struggled a lot to find the right balance on the pitch, his addition to the roster was beneficial.
But Mkhitaryan is expected to be one of Roma’s top performers this season as well. José Mourinho is giving him playing time and the experienced offensive midfielder is repaying the coach with great plays (4 caps, 1 goal, and 2 assists so far).