Youssouf Ndayishimiye is a Burundian professional footballer who plays as both a midfielder and a central defender for the Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir. He is dominantly a left centre-back and has made 17 appearances for his club this season, managing to score four goals. His versatile nature has been gaining steady attention from the Ligue 1 side, Nice, who are looking to gain his services. Youssouf Ndayishimiye has also scored three goals in 12 matches so far in the UEFA Europa Conference League 2022/2023 season. One of the three goals was scored at home, while he scored two goals away from home. The player has experience playing on the European stage as well as the ability to adapt to different positions. He finds the back of the net often from set pieces, especially corners and headers. He has plenty of potentials and is a versatile player. Below are some stats for the player from the current season.
The pizza chart above depicts his percentile rank in comparison to the other centre-backs in Turkey’s top flight. His offensive capabilities have been significant for his team. He is ranked high in terms of shots per 90 minutes. Youssouf is ranked high for accurate passes and passes per 90, and this has been a crucial advantage for the player and his team. Defensively, he has fair numbers compared to other centre-backs and performs well in aerial battles. He is a versatile player, and his ability to adapt to multiple positions brings a lot to the team.
Heatmap and progressive play
Youssouf Ndayishimiye covers the central defensive area in the defensive and middle thirds for his club. He performs defensive duties as a centre-back, and most of his intensity can be seen in the defensive third of the pitch for his team. He makes 1.91 progressive runs per 90 minutes and mostly prefers to release the ball into the midfield or wider areas, averaging 17.75 forward passes per 90 minutes. Additionally, he manages to make 7.62 passes to the penalty area per 90, having 80.7% accuracy.
The above viz shows the defensive territory of the player. It indicates that the player is involved in a lot of defensive action in the defensive and middle thirds of the field. Youssou makes 4.9 interceptions per 90 with a win rate of 68.8% in defensive duels. Additionally, he has a win rate of 65% for aerial duels won. Youssouf gives up 0.98 fouls per 90 and has given up two fouls inside the box. Most of his interceptions have come in the defensive third and his box.
Ability to press high
Youssouf makes occasional movements in the opposition’s half in order to put high pressure on the opposition’s midfield and final third. The above viz represents various high regains made by the player for Istanbul Basaksehir in the 2022–23 Turkish Super League Season. It can be seen that he has made 17 high regains, 24 counter-pressing recoveries, and three dangerous recoveries. Additionally, the player attempts 0.87 shots per 90, with a shot accuracy of 43.8% for attempted shots. Overall, he is a player with a good ability to press forward as well as halt the opposition from transitioning into an attack. He makes 11.87 recoveries in the opposition half per match.
Youth vs Experience
The above viz is a comparison between Youssouf and Dante for the matches played for their teams, respectively. Youssouf has done well in defence and has better numbers in terms of defensive duels and aerial duels won. Dante, on the other hand, does not have any advantage in any of the areas. Youssouf has impressive passing abilities and has made more accurate passes, as well as faring extremely well in attack as well. Youssouf will be an excellent replacement for the ageing Dante, who is 39 now, and Youssouf is already outperforming her in terms of overall stats.
Overall, Youssouf looks like a useful player, and crucially, he’s got bags of potential. He would complement the team nicely and help Nice secure a player who could become a future star. He looks like a promising player, but signing him won’t be easy. That said, the player will have other clubs interested in him, and the French side will need to fight a tough battle to bring him to Ligue 1.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine