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Albion Analytics: Caicedo's impressive start to Premier League life

The Ecuadorian has adapted well in his first foray in the Premier League, according to Albion Analytics.

By Liam Tharme • 26 June 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Moises Caicedo helped Albion to five wins in their final eight games of the campaign.

Moises Caicedo ended the season in fine form, featuring in five wins in Brighton’s final eight games of the season.

With the Ecuador international playing, Albion averaged 2.13 points per game, the best individual total in this metric across the whole squad.

Caicedo (20 years, 5 months and 7 days) is among the five youngest Premier League debutants for Brighton under Potter, and is one of 16 Albion players to have their first league start under Potter whilst aged under 24.

Having ran his numbers in February 2021, Caicedo’s statistical profile showed him as positionally outstanding as an accurate passer and ball carrier, a style which he has impressively maintained when adjusting to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old's pass accuracy (81.8%) was above the Brighton squad average (80.5%) from the last Premier League season, and he showed an impressive ability to play off both feet (15% of his footed passes were left-footed) as well as against a press, with a squad-high 9.9 passes under pressure per game.

Similarly, his 70% dribble success rate (9/13) ranks him among Brighton’s top three players to have attempted 10+ dribbles last season. Notably, Caicedo had as many progressive carries as progressive passes (21 of each) last campaign, moving the ball the equivalent of over 12 lengths of the Amex pitch in just 660 minutes of action.

While primarily operating in deeper regions of the pitch – 279 touches across the defensive and midfield thirds with 101 in the attacking third – Caicedo showed some glimpses of his end actions, notably through well-timed runs and combination play with teammates in and around the box, no more so than for his assist for Enock Mwepu against Arsenal.

Across the last Premier League season, Brighton’s no.25 ranks inside the top third of Premier League midfielders for (per 90) tackles + interceptions (4.4), successful pressures (6) but also fouls committed (1.2) evidencing his brave front-foot defensive approach.

Caicedo has shown quality as well as quantity though, also ranking inside the top third for the proportion of pressures leading to a turnover inside five seconds (31.2%) and the proportion of dribbling opponents he has successfully tackled (43%).

For a side who topped the Premier League charts last season for final third tackles (119) and ranked third for successful pressures (1,831), a midfielder who excels out-of-possession is essential for the team’s performance.

In possession, Caicedo is among the top 30% of Premier League midfielders for (per 90) dribbles attempted / leading to shot (1.8 / 0.14), ball recoveries (11.5) and fouls won (2.2). Beyond his ability to independently start and build attacks, he has shown an eye for goal, hitting the target with 40% of his shots (4/10), an accuracy rate among the top 20% of Premier League midfielders.

His strike against Manchester United made him the 100th player to net their first Premier League goal versus the Red Devils, simultaneously becoming the 11th Brighton player to score from outside the box in this division. Only Aaron Connolly (19 years, 8 months, 7 days – vs Tottenham) and Tariq Lamptey (20 years, 1 month, 2 days – vs Tottenham) have scored a Premier League goal for Brighton while aged younger than Caicedo (20 years, 6 months, 5 days – vs Manchester United).

SofaScore’s match rating has Caicedo’s best game to date as the 4-0 win over Manchester United, a game in which he also ended as Player of the Match. He had his seasons best game that day in terms of pass accuracy (91.2%), clearances (3) and fouls won (3).