Yokohama F. Marinos have failed to start the J1 League 2023 season on a positive note. The defending league champions began their title defence with back-to-back wins. They failed to continue the momentum and dropped points in the next two games. Yokohama F. Marinos returned to winning ways just before the international break. The team relies heavily on experienced players to take them over the line again. One of the players who has played and will play a vital role in the coming matches is their Brazilian forward, Elber. The 30-year-old signed for the club in 2021. He played a crucial role in helping his team win the league title last season. Now that he has settled in, the Yokohama F. Marinos will expect him to be at his best. We look at some of the stats that show how Elber can help his side retain the league title.
A decent start to the season
Elber has started in all five league games this season. He features on the left side as an attacking midfielder and as a winger. The 30-year-old has spent 370 minutes on the field and has one goal and three assists to his name.
As mentioned above, Elber plays on the left side. The above viz shows his winger actions in the current season. We can observe that Elber is not a player who likes to stay wide. His intensity meter on the visual shows that the player likes to drift in and open up his body to take a shot or pass the ball into the penalty box. Elber’s dribbling hasn’t been at its best. He tries to attempt 7.78 dribbles per 90 minutes and has a 31.3% success rate.
Elber’s box penetrations show that the winger likes to make diagonal runs and most of his passes into the penalty have been attempted from similar spots.
Elber likes to cut inside the penalty box and take shots. This season he has taken six shots and has a 50% accuracy rate. He has scored his only goal from inside the opposition penalty box and has a decent xG per shot.
The experienced Brazilian has the ability to set up goals for his teammates. He has provided three assists in the current season from seven shot assists. Elber averages 35.27 passes per 90 minutes and has a 73.1% accuracy rate. These include 3.89 passes to the penalty box with an accuracy rate of 37.5%. Of the three assists, two shots came from outside the penalty box. Overall, the player has had a decent start to the campaign.
What more can the team expect?
Last season, the striker had eight goals to his name. He averaged 2.03 shots per 90 minutes and had a decent accuracy rate of 50%. Elber has a similar shooting position and also has the ability to score long-range shots. He usually targets the centre of the goal and is accurate with his near-post finish. The shots attempted towards the far post have been off-target most of the time.
The 30-year-old also holds the ability to deliver some dangerous passes into the penalty box. He had five assists to his name last season from 30 shot assists. Elber averaged 43.09 passes per 90 minutes and had a 75.9% accuracy rate. He attempted 4.93 passes to the penalty box and had a 50% accuracy rate.
Elber’s overall numbers were not that high but the striker creates constant threats from the left side. His ability to cut back in and attempt shots creates a lot of fear in opposition defenders’ minds. The player will look to be more clinical with his finishing and reach double figures.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, Elber’s inclusion in the team lowers the odds for Yokohama F. Marinos. He can also create and score goals. This lowers the rate of over goals in the match.
Elber has started the 2023 season on a decent note. The winger will look to add more goal contributions and take his side to the top of the table. He will play a key role in Yokohama F. Marinos’ title defence.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine