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Assessing and analysing summer signing number 8 - John McAtee

Luton Town have confirmed the addition of Grimsby Town attacker John McAtee, with the young Mariner immediately heading back to Blundell Park for the 2022/23 League Two campaign.


The 23-year-old, who excelled in the National League last time out as the Mariners managed to secure immediate promotion back to the Football League, turned down a contract offer from former club Scunthorpe United last summer to link back up with Mariners boss Paul Hurst.


Proving to be extremely influential in the final third in the fifth tier during the 2021/22 campaign, McAtee chipped in with 14 league goals, adding an extra two in the play-offs.


Here, McAtee's statistical performance from last season is analysed using data from Wyscout...


John McAtee's percentile rank performance (attacking) vs other National League forwards who played over 1000 minutes of fifth tier football during the 2021/22 campaign

Returning some very impressive numbers when looking at his attacking output, McAtee's crosses per 90, progressive runs per 90 and shots per 90 particularly stand out as being very high. The data suggests that McAtee is an attacker with plenty of tricks up his sleeve and is not just confined to operating one way, with the 23-year-old proving to be a threat in front of goal, out wide and when carrying the ball forwards.


The young attacker also returns a high number for the percentage of the offensive duels he won last season, and with McAtee sitting within the top half of attackers when it comes to the number of offensive duels per 90, it shows that he is a player who is involved more often than not in an attacking sense.


The only statistic that sits below the median mark is his goal conversion rate, which is no surprise when considering the high volume of shots he tends to take per 90.


John McAtee's percentile rank performance (passing) vs other National League forwards who played over 1000 minutes of fifth tier football during the 2021/22 campaign

Continuing to return mightily impressive numbers, McAtee's passing statistics makes for excellent reading.


The young attacker was within the top 2% for smart passes per 90 within National League forwards last season and his passes per 90 were also at a very high level, all whilst returning excellent numbers when looking at the accuracy of his passes, smart passes and progressive passes.


A forward who can score goals, commit opposition and carve out openings for his teammates, McAtee is certainly an exciting talent.


John McAtee's percentile rank performance (defensive) vs other National League forwards who played over 1000 minutes of fifth tier football during the 2021/22 campaign

Defending from the front is a key theme when analysing how Luton play, with Elijah Adebayo, Harry Cornick and Carlton Morris all emerging as forwards who return impressive defensive numbers.


McAtee follows suit, with his defensive duels per 90, aerial duels won and successful defensive actions all at a high level, suggesting the defensive demands that Jones would place on him would not take him far out of his comfort zone.


Within the top 8% in last season's National League for possession-adjusted interceptions - within forwards - McAtee appears to be a player who can read the game well and act accordingly.

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