THE BREAKDOWN: Brockie v Parker v Ndoro v Zakri
Is Jeremy Brockie Better Than The Big 3's Strikers?
Having been linked with Mzansi’s so-called big three, we take a look at how Jeremy Brockie compares to first choice strikers from Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Click through the images above to see the detailed statistics comparing Jeremy Brockie to Bernard Parker, Tendai Ndoro and Yannick Zakri.
In Soccer Laduma issue number 1032’s Siya Special, we took a look at the state of the New Zealand striker’s future, with the SuperSport man being linked to Sundowns, Pirates and Chiefs, despite his club’s statement that he’s going nowhere.
Considering a hypothetical situation where he would join one of the so-called big three, we take a look at whether he has something to add that each club’s incumbent strikers do not have.
To put Brockie’s goalscoring ability into perspective, it may come as a surprise to many that Brockie had the worst non-penalty goals per 90 minutes (0.23) out of the group, which may serve as a deterrent. It must also be noted that Zakri was able to have the highest non-penalty goalscoring rate per 90 out of the group, with 0.49.
However, looking at Ndoro in particular, the Zimbabwean had a blistering start of 11 goals in 11 games, but only scored once after 3 December last year. However, despite the clear importance of goals when it comes to results, you will find that all four players had similar stats in terms of key indicators.
All of them averaged more than 20 shots per 90, with Parker achieving the least. Yet, all of them hit the target with a shot accuracy in and around the region of 40%, with 67.3% of Brockie’s shots coming from inside the box. This seems to indicate that he excelled in a goal-poaching role and, furthermore, his shooting accuracy was brought down by his shots from outside of the box, where he hit the target just 51.4% of the time.
Bernard Parker was the outlier when it came to passing, averaging 35.2 passes per 90 minutes, while the other three weren’t able to average more than 24. In that respect, Parker excelled in a deeper role than Brockie, who played as a traditional nine and excelled in the air, winning a higher percentage of his aerial duels than any of his counterparts (53.8%). However, he had a poor passing accuracy and was not very effective in attacking support, compared to his counterparts.
Brockie, therefore, seems to offer a totally different dimension up front, with his counterparts seemingly possessing similar qualities across the board. While Ndoro excelled as an “in the kitchen” type of striker, his form clearly subsided in the second half of the season.
Zakri started to find his feet towards the end of the season but appears not to possess the same quality when it comes to taking the ball down in the air. Parker, on the other hand, plays a more supportive, “false 9” type of role. Brockie has consistently been a threat in the box, proving that he can impose himself from 18 yards in.
Whichever club the 29-year-old finds himself at next season, however, there’s little doubt that he will be an imposing presence and it now just depends on which respective coach considers him the right fit for his tactical approach.
In the meantime, SuperSport will be determined to keep hold of a striker of his evident quality…
Which team’s colours would you like to see Brockie wearing next season?