In this data analysis article, we will research the best wingers currently playing in OBOS-ligaen using statistics. The evolution of wingers in football has been well documented where they were once key to creating chances but not scoring goals. Modern-day wingers have changed the game by getting more involved than their forwards in front of goal.

In our analysis, we will consider both offensive and defensive attributes. We’ll be looking at players who have logged at least 900 minutes of football in the 2021 league season.

We will select the best options based on statistics and data analysis. While some high-level talent is noticed in the Eliteserien, some hidden gems go unnoticed in the lower divisions. In this article, we take a look at the players who may be moving up to Tier 1 soon. Let’s dive deep into the analysis.

Rating

Wingers of the past 20 years have seen their roles redefined. Where once they were used to play crosses into the box for forwards, the past 20 years have seen wingers in more inverted positions and are more of a goal threat to the team than their forwards. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United and Real Madrid, Lionel Messi for Barcelona or even Mohamed Salah for Liverpool are currently some of the best scoring wingers of current generations.

Sigurd Haugen – The 24-year-old from Aalesund. He recorded 0.73 xG per game last season and also scored 0.7 objectives of it. Although he underperformed slightly, his xG showed that his underperformance won’t be a problem for a long time and next season he would definitely post a higher number as well.

Nicolas Solberg- Fredrikstad’s 30-year-old right winger. He recorded 0.38 xG per game last season and scored 0.54 goals on average, i.e. one goal for every 2 matches he played in the league last season. He also appears to have a durable level of finish and can expect to do the same next season.

Riki Alba – The 27-year-old Fredrikstad winger. He recorded 0.42 xG per game last season and scored 0.4 goals from there showing a bit of underperformance but something that won’t last long and can be expected to be more clinical in front of goal.

Kristoffer Hoven– The 25-year-old left winger from Sogndal. He recorded 0.5 xG per game and scored 0.4 goals from there. While his underperformance might be a little higher than usual, he can still be expected to score more than enough goals considering the amount of xG he racks up per game.

Random creation

The best wingers are also some of the best playmakers and they need to pass into the opposition’s penalty area and also need to be able to create good chances for their teammates to score.

Willis Furtado– Jerv’s 24-year-old winger. He recorded 0.74 key passes per game and on average an xA of 0.27 per game. Although he was unlucky where he could only receive 0.17 per game assists from that.

Taofek Ismaheel – The 21-year-old from Valerenga. He recorded 0.67 key assists per game in the league last season. He also had an xA of 0.21 per game and got 0.15 assists from which was closer to what he was supposed to get.

Robert Undheim – The 29-year-old winger from Bryne. He recorded 0.87 key assists in the league last season, which was the most a winger managed in the league last season. He also made assists 0.19 xA per game which resulted in 0.16 assists per game.

Kristoffer Ødemarksbakken – The 26-year-old winger from Aalesund. He recorded 0.63 key assists per game. He averaged 0.22 xA per game last season and managed to get 0.17 assists per game.

Simon Marklund – The 22-year-old from Ranheim. He recorded 0.56 key assists per game in the league last season. He also averaged 0.26 assists per game which were 1 in every 4 games he played with an xA of 0.2 who says his teammates were good enough to take a chance.

Activity in the box

In this section of the analysis, we will assess the activity level of the players in the box. We have hits per 90 in the y-axis and hits in the box per 90 in the x-axis. The color shows the xG per shot, allowing us to differentiate between players attempting speculative shots (red) and those shooting from dangerous positions (green).

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Sigurd Haugen – The man from Aalesund recorded 4.08 average shots per game 6.76 touch in the box per game. His shots also had an average xG of 0.17 which is a very good accusation as to its ability to get into good positions while taking pictures.

Taofek Ismaheel – The Valerenga man had recorded 2.73 shots per game during recording 5.57 hit inside the box per game. While he averages a decent amount of touches in the box, he doesn’t really get into good positions where his average xG per shot was just right 0.1.

Kristoffer Ødemarksbakken – The Aalesund winger has recorded 2.83 shots per game with 4.33 touch inside the penalty area. Even he prefers to take a lot of shots outside the box where there are usually less chances to score and this is reflected in his xG value per shot which is fair 0.1.

Nicolas Solberg- The 30-year-old right winger recorded 3.24 average shots per game 4.08 touches per game in the area. It also had an xG value per shot of 0.11.

Dribble

In this section of the data analysis, we look at the ability of players to outrun their rivals and create things on their own. On the x-axis, we achieved dribbling by 90 and on the y-axis, progressive running by 90 (continuous control of the ball by a player trying to bring the team considerably closer to the opposing goal). Dribbling is an important attribute for a winger and his ability to get past an opponent can open up defenses much more easily.

Finding the best OBOS-Ligaen wingers - data analysis statistics

Willis Furtado– The Jerv winger recorded 5.22 successful dribbles per game with 3.23 progressive runs per game on average. He also averaged 7.64 attacking duels per game in the league last season.

Taofek Ismaheel – The Valerenga man had recorded 5.01 successful dribbles per game in the league last season and also on average 6.7 successful attacking duels per game. He also averaged 3.66 progressive runs per game in the league.

Markus Aanesland – The 23-year-old winger/striker from Raufoss. He recorded 4.74 successful dribbles per game with 2.76 progressive runs per game in the league. He also did 5.51 successful attacking duels per game in the league.

Bilal Njie – The 23-year-old KFUM winger. He recorded 3.63 successful dribbles per match and also achieved 2.69 progressive runs per game. While also recording 6 offensive duels won per match in the league.

Defensive Contributions

Although the modern game is growing to accommodate many attackers with the freedom and the basics to do well in possession, the same modern philosophy of the game expects them to come back and defend for the team as a collective process.

Finding the best OBOS-Ligaen wingers - data analysis statistics

Chris Cheng – Stabaek’s 20-year-old winger. He recorded 6 defensive duels per game and 4.19 PAdj interceptions per game in the league last season. He also did 6.88 successful defensive actions per game in the league last season.

Willis Furtado– The Jerv winger recorded 6.22 defensive duels per game with 3.63 PAdj interceptions per game in the league last season. He also did 6.83 successful defensive actions per game in the league.

Robert Undheim – The 29-year-old winger from Bryne recorded 6.25 defensive duels per game in the league with 3.72 PAdj interceptions per game in the league. He also averaged 6.7 successful defensive actions per game.

Kristoffer Ødemarksbakken – The Aalesund winger has recorded 7.44 defensive duels per game in the league with 3.34 PAdj interceptions per game in the league. He also averaged 6.75 successful defensive actions per game.

Enoch Banza – The 22-year-old Raufoss winger. He recorded 7.5 defensive duels per game in the league with 3.37 PAdj interceptions per game in the league. He also averaged 7.05 successful defensive actions per game.

Players to watch

Based on the data and stats, we’ve picked out a few options to watch for the upcoming season where we expect these wingers to make greater progress.

Finding the best OBOS-Ligaen wingers - data analysis statistics

Sigurd Haugen

The Aalesund winger can also play as a CF and held that position for a few games last season as well. One can see his strengths in the image that he is very good in front of goal and has very good movement off the ball to receive progressive passes from his teammates. This is one of the reasons why he racked up a lot of xGs and although he underperformed his xGs quite a bit he can definitely do well next season and even if he does he can still score a lot more goals. He could probably look to increase his ability in terms of creating chances for his teammates.

Taofek Ismaheel

The youngster has been one of the most exciting prospects in the 2nd Division and has also secured a move to FC Lorient which will happen in the summer window. But he will still play for his team when they start the season and many other clubs can still spot him and follow his progress. He seems to be very good in terms of dribbling, creating chances and has also done well in terms of accumulating a good amount of xG which will eventually lead to him scoring goals in the future.

Simon Marklund

A defensively solid player who has contributed well to his team’s defense and has also been very good at making good runs off the ball for his team. He could be really useful for teams that have good creators and need someone who can receive them and convert those chances. He could certainly increase his ability to create chances and be more clinical in front of goal which could soon raise his level.

Conclusion

The OBOS-ligaen have good wingers, most of them young and with great potential. In this article, we’ve covered both offensive and defensive traits to discuss and list some of the most successful players. Many players have been handpicked and seen playing at several top clubs in the Scandinavian regions. We could see that the players we saw and discussed could also follow the same path and succeed at the highest level.