Next up in having a look at some transfer related players and numbers for this A-League off-season is former Western Sydney Wanderers winger Romeo Castelen. A hat trick in the final win over Brisbane Roar wasn’t enough to win a new contract from Popovic, but with a list of clubs lining up for his signature lets have a look.
We all know he is a great dribbler of the ball and it’s little surprise he has completed the most dribbles per90 in both of the last 2 A-League seasons. But to put it into a bit more context of how he compares to his peers:
He is really, really good. His dribble success rate of 50% and 63% are above average and his 3.71 and 4.11 dribbles per90 blow just about everyone else out of the water. If you want a direct winger who will get behind his man to create chances, then he is going to be a good provider.
In a poor attacking side in his first season at Pirtek his job was more provider than finisher. He provided 2.08 chances per90, of which 0.15 were assists. In terms of shots, he took 1.63 per90.
Moving onto the most recent season, his creativity remained similar – 2.18 chances with 0.24 of them assists. But his shot output increased enormously – to 4.02 shots per90 with 7 goals at a rate of one every three matches.
While he was guilty of being wasteful in front of goal – no one with 5 or more goals (min 810 mins) took more shots per goal than the Dutchman – his combined shots and shots created (6.2 per90) ranks 5th among individual seasons over the last four years in the A-League behind only Aaron Mooy (2016), both of Del Piero’s seasons and Carlos Hernandez (2014).
There are things to be wary of though – his age being the most obvious and perhaps the reason he did not remain at the Wanderers. He turned 33 two days after the Grand Final and while his performances this season were better than last season there would be concerns of a big contract if it were for two years.
The second question would be whether he would fit the team style and structure. With Adelaide United losing Goodwin, Sanchez and Kamau he could be a good fit on the right for the Reds with the ability to hug the touchline and beat a man but also capable of coming inside and being a threat himself. While his ability on the counter could be useful to say Perth Glory who will have good finishers in Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart – reducing the need for his speculative efforts on goal.
All stats and data via Opta.