The Spaniard showed his quality in the past season and albeit Mourinho made other choices so far, Mayoral can still be very important for Roma.
Players must always prove their worth otherwise they risk being sidelined. This is what’s happening to Borja Mayoral, the talented striker of the Giallorossi who joined the club in the summer of 2020.
He respectfully awaited his moment behind an established champion like Dzeko. He took advantage of last season by learning from the Bosnian star, but when he got the chance to play, Mayoral showed his quality.
Taking into consideration the stats of the 2020/2021 campaign, the 24-year-old scored 17 goals and 7 assists in 47 appearances. His performance is even more remarkable if we consider only what he has done in the Italian league.
- Total played: 31
- Started: 18
- Minutes per game: 51
- Goals: 10
The striker on loan from Real Madrid has been very impressive last season (scoring frequency: 157 min). We cannot forget that we are analyzing the performance of a player who played as a backup up striker behind one of the most important stars the Giallorossi ever had and in a very disappointing season in which Roma failed to qualify for both Champions League and Europa League.
But there’s something more to say about Borja Mayoral and his ability in front of the goal. His xG value (expected Goals) of the 2020/21 season is the most relevant of the team, 7.81.
According to the stats, he was expected to score 7-8 goals, but he ended the Serie A at 10 instead (difference: -2.19). To highlight the positive value just reported, we must consider the performances of Dzeko who was the starting forward (expected Goals (xG): 14.25 | goals scored: 7 |difference: +7.25).