Terem Moffi and Lorient’s burgeoning bunch of young talent has taken Ligue 1 2022/23 by storm. Moffi has ten goals to his name in 14 league games this season. Lorient is still in a good position to contend for European football. Even PSG had to dig deep to find three points at the Stade du Moustoir earlier this season after Moffi’s powerful second-half equaliser before the 23-year-old almost added a second, hitting the crossbar. Moffi is one of the most talented strikers in Ligue 1 in recent memory, yet his talent and physical prowess may still have been overlooked. Moffi excels at build-up play and passing with his teammates in addition to scoring goals. Let’s look at some stats possessed by Terem Moffi for Lorient in Ligue 1 this season.
The above viz shows the percentile rank in comparison to the other centre forwards in the league. Terem Moffi’s attacking stats have been instrumental for Lorient. He is ranked highly for goal contributions, shots, dribbles, and touches inside the opposition penalty area for Lorient. The player’s ability to defend has been extraordinary. He is ranked high for defensive duels won, and this has been a crucial advantage for the player and his team.
Moffi’s attacking stats
In Ligue 1 2022/23, Terem Moffi has played 13 matches (plus one as a sub). They have 16 shots on target from a total of 26 and have scored nine goals (4.86 xG). Terem Igobor Moffi averages 13 passes per game with a 76% completion rate and no assists. All of the goals have come from inside the box. Terem Moffi has also attempted shots from outside the box and managed to put a few of them on target. Moffi has scored four goals from inside the six-yard box and the remaining five from within the box.
The above viz is a representation of the heatmap for Moffi’s 2022–23 Ligue 1 season with Lorient. It can be seen that Terem is running all over the pitch, especially in the middle and final third. He displays more intensity in the middle of the pitch and often helps out with defensive duties at midfield. As we have seen earlier, Terem possesses a knack for winning defensive duels, which serves as an advantage for the team.
The final third is where Moffi’s attacking pace and efficiency in turning possession into opportunities become clear. Terem moves quickly forward in the opposition’s half, swiftly breaking lines and slicing through channels. Moffi’s movement off the ball in possession is the key to his success in the final third. In the above viz it can be observed that Moffi completes many successful dribbles in the opponent’s half owing to his skills and ability to read the game.
Terem Moffi Ligue 1 2021/22 ball progression
The above viz represents the ball progression made by Terem Moffi for the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season. It can be observed that Moffi depended on the flanks to move forward and make progressive runs with the ball. Terem Moffi has also made successful dribbles and attempts from inside his own half in the 2021/22 season. The main observation that can be made in terms of Moffi’s progress as compared to last season is his positioning. Moffi possesses excellent movement and positional awareness. In the 2022–23 Ligue 1 season, Moffi is positioned much more centrally and makes attempts to move forward and attack from the centre of the pitch.
Terem Moffi has recovered from a less productive season the previous year and provides a flexible focal point for Lorient’s offence this season. His intelligent movement frequently involves shifting his course to make room for himself. Terem Moffi’s strength combined with his talent with the ball makes him an excellent option for attack. He seems to be outperforming his xG, and it is unlikely that he will maintain this scoring rate. Moffi’s skills both on and off the ball allow him to create very high-quality opportunities. Even when he fails to score, he keeps the attacking system running smoothly.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine