ORH Analysis: Assessing Luton Town's interest in Leicester City's Callum Wright
With the Luton Town and Leicester City partnership blossoming into a relationship with meaningful results for both clubs in recent seasons, we have been linked with Foxes midfielder Callum Wright, as per a report from Gloucestershire Live.
The 22-year-old, who spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Cheltenham Town, is expected to be given a chance within the first-team set up at the Premier League during the summer, and we are reportedly just one out of several EFL clubs waiting for the Foxes to run the rule over the young midfielder.
Netting nine times and providing a further seven assists in 37 appearances in all competitions last time out, with the all-action midfielder enjoying a strong campaign with the Robins during their return to League One.
Joining the Foxes academy in 2018, following academy spells with Tranmere Rovers, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, Wright proceeded to become an important source of goals and attacking productivity with the club’s U23s in Premier League 2, before his first temporary move to Gloucestershire was sanctioned midway through the 2020/21 campaign.
To better assess what kind of player Wright is and how he has fared up in the third-tier this season, we take a look at the data…
Ranking within the top highly when it comes to the number of offensive duels he engaged in per 90 minutes during last season against his League One positional counterparts, it is a similar story when it comes to his defensive duels.
Appearing to be an all-action midfield operator, there can be a parallel drawn to Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who did not only shine when in possession but he too was a gritty figure when the ball was not at his feet.
Ranking very high on that list is Panutche Camara, and whilst a midfielder does not appear to be the highest priority this summer, it is hard to ignore what a shrewd addition he would be.
Proving to rank very highly with the above metrics considered, Wright takes a frequent number of shots, all whilst impressing with the percentage of those attempts that are on target.
This shows both a desire to be brave to try his luck, and an ability to test the keeper from these frequent efforts.
Rivalling the young midfielder for the most favourable position on this graph is our very own Elliot Lee, who spent the season out on loan with Charlton Athletic, with the 27-year-old playing in a slightly deeper role for the most part of the campaign with the London club.
As previously mentioned, this all-action kind of tag can be placed on Wright when looking at his number for offensive and defensive duels per 90, however, he ranks low when it comes to the offensive and defensive duels that he has won.
Another measure that he ranks rather low in is his accurate forward pass percentage, but he has proved to be brave and positive when in possession, which goes some way to justify a lower than average figure.
Shifting attention to further highlight his ability in the final third, the above graph shows that Wright’s goal conversion percentage is also at a high level. That, combined with his already-discussed other shooting metrics suggests that the 22-year-old is a real threat in the final third.