Player in the spotlight: Junior Moraes

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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This is the second season at Shakhtar for the striker Junior Moraes

His average scoring performance is 0.67 goals per game in all competitions (47 goals in 70 matches) and 0.79 goals in the Ukrainian league.

Main forward
 
Moraes is the third Shakhtar player in terms of the time spent on the pitch after Andriy Pyatov and Ismaily. This season, he has made 30 starting appearances and one substitution app.
 
A year ago, Moraes won the UPL scoring race by notching up 19 goals in 27 games, while in the current UPL he has netted 18 goals in 20 matches. The striker boasts a hat-trick vs Lviv; a brace vs Olimpik and Zorya, and 2 braces vs Kolos. He scored a goal in each of the two encounters with Dnipro-1, also netting goals vs Karpaty, Dynamo, Mariupol, Vorskla, and Zorya.

Goal typology

Moraes scored the most of his goals with the right foot - 11 (in all competitions). On 5 occasions he netted left-footers, along with 3 headers and 1 goal using his chest. Most of the goals were netted by Junior in the opening and dying 15 minutes of the match (6 + 6).
 
Quality and consistency

In the 2019/20 Championship, Moraes made 47 attempts, of which virtually every second one (49%) was on target. Simple mathematical calculations show that Junior needed to make 2.61 attempts to score each goal. For comparison: throughout last season, he needed to make 4.47 attempts to convert them into a goal.
 
We have mentioned his improved scoring ability, now we should highlight the consistency of his performance. At least, Moraes performed in the same way in the UPL, with his average statistics repeating the past season in some ways: 49% of successful performance; 39% of won challenges; along with an average of 0.93 assists.

Among the top scorers

Even before the winter break, Moraes reached the seventh position (91 goals) in the ranking of the best scorers in the history of the Ukrainian Championship, getting clear of Marko Devic and Serhii Mizin (90 goals each). In March, Junior scored a goal vs Dnipro-1 and a double vs Kolos (94 goals). The next goal will enable the striker to replace the former player of Tavriya Simferopol and Metalurh Mariupol Oleksandr Haidash in the sixth spot (95 goals).