Julian Ponceau is a 22–year–old French footballer who currently plays in midfield for Lorient in the French Ligue 1. He began his career at a young age and is a product of Lorient’s youth academy. Since then, he has established himself as an important part of the club’s starting lineup. Ponceau is a versatile midfielder who excels at both attacking and defensive roles. He possesses excellent vision, technical ability, and passing range, which allows him to contribute both going forward and helping to protect the back four. He is also a hard-working player who is disciplined in his defensive duties, often making important tackles and interceptions to break up play. Lorient sits in ninth and does have the chance to creep into the top six if some results go their way. The youngster will look to give it all in order to see his side rise in the rankings. Below are some of the 22-year-old’s stats for Lorient this season.
Julian Ponceau has played 23 times in Ligue 1 this season. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the player’s stats compared to other attacking midfielders in the French top flight. It can be observed that he is performing well in the possession department and ranks well in terms of making accurate passes. He also contests a good amount of aerial and defensive duels. He has room for improvement in terms of attacking, although he has contributed to goals this season, having scored on and assisted four.
The above viz shows the shot assists delivered by the player. He has recorded four assists thus far. The above viz depicts two of his assists (2.36 xA) from the current campaign, which have come in the form of a diagonal pass and a cutback. It can be observed that some of the key passes are directed into the penalty box, while the others have been a few cutbacks and layoffs in the final third. He has averaged 0.13 assists this season.
Progression of the ball
The above viz shows the Frenchman’s ball progression from the current season. It can be observed that most of his intensity is in the middle and final third, from where he attempts to dribble or provide dangerous passes into the box. Currently, he attempts 2.68 dribbles per match with a 59.1% success rate. Furthermore, he makes 1.95 progressive runs per 90 minutes. The player likes to play from the right flank and make actions down the right side in the middle and final third.
He has made a total of 41 penetrating carries and makes most of his runs into the box down the right flank. He averages 2.43 touches in the penalty area and adapts to various positions on the pitch.
Julian Ponceau makes 38.8 passes per 90 with 84.5% accuracy. Additionally, he makes 4.61 passes into the final third on average. The youngster makes 11 forward passes with 77.9% accuracy per 90 minutes. He provides a trustworthy option in the midfield and brings composure and stability to the team. He makes progressive passes as well and makes contributions by making central and through passes to the midfielders. Most of his forward pass action can be seen on the right flank, where he makes passes into the box, averaging 2.11 passes into the penalty area per 90 minutes.
Versatile nature on the pitch
The youngster can carry the ball effectively and penetrate opposition lines. He performs ball-carrying actions mostly in the middle third, helping his team by stretching the play and creating spaces for his teammates. He has made 72 penetrating carries into the penalty box in his last two seasons in France. He is versatile and can adapt to both flanks which is an advantage for his team.
Overall, Julian Ponceau is a highly talented and dedicated young footballer who has already achieved a great deal in his short career. His impressive performance in Lorient’s midfield has earned him many admirers, and it is clear that he will continue to be an important part of the club’s success in the years to come.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine