Jamaal Lascelles got Nottingham Forest back into the game last night against Bournemouth, after Dougie Freedman’s team had gone 1-0 down inside three minutes.
It was the 21-year-old’s first goal of the season, unsurprising as he’s a defender, but one stand out stat from the game last night suggests he’s got an area to work on; passing accuracy.
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Lascelles was solid in several areas making a high number of clearances and reading the game well, with interceptions, but his passing accuracy was only 25%.
That will be a concern for Freedman considering the defender played the entire game, despite the fact he popped up with the team’s equaliser.
It’s important for Forest’s defence to pass accurately out from the back because it sets up attacks, counter attacks and generally helps the side to maintain pressure over their opposition.
It’s a stat that Freedman will more than likely be aware of and something he should be looking to work on improving with the player.
Forest are on a good run of form and Freedman faces a challenge in terms of tweaking the performance of individuals and entire sections of the team as they chase a play-off place over the rest of the season, which is still possible.