Yokohama F. Marinos won the J1 League title in the 2022 season. After finishing as runners-up in the 2021 season, the team was able to lift the league trophy once again. Now the team will be eyeing back-to-back titles and showing their dominance in the league. In the middle of last season, they signed a Brazilian winger to improve their chances of winning another title. He was 24-year-old winger Yan Matheus. The player was signed from Palmeiras and had some experience in European leagues. The new season is up and running, and the Brazilian has already left his mark. We now look at some of the stats that show how the player could help his new team win the trophy once again.
A decent start to the 2023 season
Yan Matheus is a natural right winger. He has appeared in both league games, and both appearances came off the bench. In his team’s last outing against the Urawa Reds, Matheus scored his first goal of the 2023 season. The 24-year-old has played 52 minutes, and his only shot on goal found the back of the net. His heatmap above shows that the player likes to use the full width of the pitch and often penetrates the opposition penalty box. The Brazilian will look to create more chances in the coming matches.
Breakthrough season at Moreirense
Before joining Yokohama F. Marinos, Yan spent a season on loan in the Portuguese first division. The Brazilian featured in 31 league matches and wen on to make ten goal contributions for his side.
Yan Matheus played as a right winger for his side. He ran up and down the pitch to create chances for his teammates. The above viz shows the winger action of the player in these matches. He likes to use his speed and skills to get past the defenders. The winger also likes to cut inside and has often succeeded in completing the dribbles on the edge of the box. Yan averaged 4.63 dribbles (50.5% success rate) and 2.01 crosses (34.9% accuracy rate) per 90 minutes. The above viz shows that a few of his crosses came from inside the penalty box. He often penetrated the box and created chances for his teammates.
Yan Matheus provided four assists in that season. He gave 29 shot assists and provided four assists. The 24-year-old averaged 25.5 passes per 90 minutes in that particular season and had a 77.1% accuracy rate. These included 2.1 passes to the final third and 2.81 passes to the opposition penalty box. The above viz shows that the four shot assists were made in similar zones. It can also be observed that Yan provided some crucial passes on the edge of the opposition’s penalty box. He will expect his new teammates to get on the edge of these passes and convert the chances.
Yan Matheus is not a prolific goalscorer but can often produce some moments of magic. He likes to cut back and take his shots towards the opposition’s goal. The winger averaged 1.82 shots per 90 minutes and had a 33.33% accuracy rate. Of the six goals scored by the player, two came off the penalty spot. The 24-year-old will look to improve his finishing and score more goals.
Yan Matheus has been used as a sub in both matches. He scored his first goal of the season in the last match and can make it to the starting 11. Yan creates a goal-scoring threat and can win games for his side. The 1×2 betting odds and over/under goals are likely to get affected by his inclusion. The odds for Yokohama F. Marinos are likely to drop and the over lines are likely to thrive.
Yan Matheus will look to make his mark in J1 League. He is a goalscorer and adds more goals to his team’s tally.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine