Remy Cabella’s presence in midfield has been instrumental in Lille’s recent success in the French Ligue 1. The 33-year-old Frenchman has been a consistent performer for Lille this season, providing the creative spark that has helped the team score goals and win games. The veteran’s ability to control the tempo of the game and create chances for his teammates has been crucial for Lille. He is a technically gifted player who can dribble past opponents with ease and has excellent vision when it comes to passing. Cabella has also shown great leadership skills on the field, helping to guide the team through difficult moments and keeping them focused on their goals. With Lille currently sitting in sixth place in Ligue 1, they have a good shot at climbing into the top four. Lille are currently five points behind fourth-place Monaco. We now look at some of the stats presenting the players’ contributions for Lille this season.
Remy Cabella has made 21 Ligue 1 appearances this season and was subbed on in three of them. The attacking midfielder acts as a constant threat during attacks and creates plenty of chances for his team. A right-footed player, he tends to provide passes in dangerous areas and has eight goal contributions this season. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the player’s stats compared to other attacking midfielders in Ligue 1 in 2022–2033. The player has done excellently in the possession department, and his ability to retain and pass the ball has also been decent. His defensive indicators show that he wins a good amount of defensive duels. He is also ranked well in terms of expected goal contributions per 90.
Remy Cabella can contribute with his ability to take shots and create danger. This season, he has scored four goals from open play. The player averages 1.45 shots per 90 minutes in the 2022–23 Ligue 1 season and has an accuracy rate of 60.7%. The xG map above shows that the veteran has taken most of the shots from inside the penalty box. He has taken 28 shots, of which 17 have been on target.
In addition to netting goals, the 33-year-old has the mindset to create scoring opportunities for others. The above viz shows the shot assists delivered by Cabella in the current Ligue 1 campaign. He has recorded four assists thus far with an xA value of 6.5. It can be observed that some of the key passes are directed into the penalty box, while the others have been a few layoffs and crosses from the final third. Currently, he averages 2.59 shot assists per 90 minutes in Ligue 1.
As an attacking midfielder, one of the Frenchman’s main responsibilities is to create spaces for his team to attack. He advances with the ball into dangerous areas centrally by performing successful dribbles and making progressive runs from the final and middle thirds. On average, he attempts 3.01 dribbles per match (44.8% success rate) along with 2.75 progressive runs. He also does well at delivering crosses into the penalty box, averaging 2.65 crosses per match.
Remy Cabella makes 54.73 passes per 90 with 86.5% accuracy. Additionally, he makes 4.61 passes into the final third on average. The veteran makes 15.2 forward passes with 81.2% 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 flanks, where he makes passes into the box, averaging 4.46 passes into the penalty area per 90 minutes. This is one of the most crucial aspects of his game, wherein he creates a major threat to the opposition.
Improvement from last season
Remy Cabella made a move to France after playing a season in the Russian Premier League. The above viz depicts his shot map while playing for Krasnodar. He managed to net four goals (3.68 xG), all from inside the box. He has already improved his attacking capabilities in the French top flight and is displaying his experience on the field.
Overall, Remy Cabella’s presence in midfield has been vital to Lille’s success this season. His creativity, work rate, leadership, and experience have contributed to the team’s impressive performance. If Lille is to continue their strong form and challenge for the Ligue 1 top four, they will need Cabella to continue playing at his best.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine