Leandro Trossard brought up a ton of Albion appearances (all competitions) when he started in Saturday’s win at Tottenham – only Neal Maupay (104) has made more appearances for Brighton under Graham Potter than Trossard, and only the Frenchman (34 – 27 goals, 7 assists) has more goal involvements in that time than the Belgian (26 – 16 goals, 10 assists).
What a way to celebrate! 💯🌟 pic.twitter.com/pV6BB6Oqml— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 16, 2022
And the 15-cap Belgian international marked his 100th appearance in fine fashion, netting the winner in North London. Trossard has now scored in consecutive games twice this season (against Liverpool then Newcastle earlier in the campaign). Trossard’s match-winner against Spurs was the eighth time he has netted the game-deciding goal in a Brighton shirt, meaning 50% (8/16) of his Albion goals have been winners.
90 - Leandro Trossard is the first visiting player to score a 90th-minute winning goal in a Premier League game at Tottenham since Ayoze Pérez for Newcastle at White Hart Lane in December 2015. Spurred. pic.twitter.com/TsnbEhwA6I— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 16, 2022
Brighton’s No. 11 now has six goals to his name this season, a total only Neal Maupay (8) can better among Albion players, and it is the Belgian’s best goals return in a Premier League season thus far (five goals in each of his last two previous seasons). Impressively, seven of those strikes have come against ‘big-six’ sides.
This season is also Trossard’s best – compared to his two previous campaigns – in terms of shots per game (2.4), pass completion rate (78%), successful pressures per game (4.8), tackles + interceptions per game (2.2) and touches in the opposition box per game (5.5).
Not only are his outputs for dribbles leading to shots (13), final-third tackles (14) and dribble success rate (77%) his best so far for any Premier League season, but for each metric he ranks inside the top five players in the league this season, emphasising his ability in and out-of-possession.
Leandro Trossard is having his best Premier League season ever in terms of (per 90 minutes):— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) December 14, 2021
Pass accuracy (79%)
Chance creating carries (1.4)
Final third pressures (7.3)
Tackles + interceptions (2.4)
Dribble success rate (74.4%)#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/MSTBvUuoVR
Among Premier League forwards this season the Belgian is among the top 10% for (per 90) progressive passes (4), pass reception rate (77%), total touches (51), crosses (1.9) and dribbles completed (2), underlining the relative quality he has in ball progression, as well as shot production.
Leandro Trossard for Brighton - Premier League:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) April 16, 2022
166 shots worth 16.9xG - 16 goals
129 key passes worth 12.3xA - 9 assists
24 mins per shot involvement
280 mins per goal involvement
10 match-winning goals/assists
Belgian brilliance. 🇧🇪 #BHAFC #TOTBHA pic.twitter.com/EtKyDvs9JG
Trossard’s involvement has been growing season-by-season: he played 58% of available Premier League minutes in his debut campaign, which rose to 76% last season, and he has featured more regularly than ever this season, playing 85% of available minutes.
The forward has completed 22 of his 28 games this season, having been subbed in over half of his games in the last two seasons. And this has been justified through his output this season: Trossard tops the Brighton charts for shots (66), shots on target (23), successful open-play passes into the penalty area (51), shot-creating actions (77), final third tackles (14), touches in opposition box (149) and dribbles completed/attempted (56/73).
After 7 games, Leandro Trossard is Brighton’s top player in terms of:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) October 3, 2021
Pressures (128) + successful pressures (44)
Touches in the opposition box (33)
Progressive passes + carries (75)
Dribbles (20 - 4 leading to shots)
Passes into penalty area (12)
Shots taken (18)#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/auABfOH2dt
Across the last ten games, Trossard has been involved in almost 25% of Brighton’s sequences leading to shots (as per Understat’s xG data), the highest proportion of any Albion individual. In that time frame, he has been directly involved in the most shots (29 – 18 shots, 11 key passes) of any Brighton player.
Leandro Trossard - last 3 games (vs Norwich, Arsenal, Tottenham):— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) April 17, 2022
103/116 passes completed (88%)
43 pressures (11 successful)
34 progressive carries + dribbles
19 touches in opp box
10 shot-creating actions
8 tackles + interceptions
Perhaps most notable is the style change, whereby Trossard has become progressively more involved in shot taking than creation – he averaged 1.11 shots per key pass in his debut season (2019/20), with this rate rising to 1.26 last campaign, and spiking up to 1.83 this year.
His two-footedness undoubtedly supports this: only 5 of his 166 Premier League shots have been headed, with the remainder split 60 left-footed (3 goals from 5.6xG) and 101 right-footed (13 goals from 11.1xG) – 37% of footed shots with non-dominant foot. In addition to this, only Pascal Gross (also 4) can match Trossard for outside the box goals for Brighton in the Premier League.