Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley was one of the standout attacking players during Saturday’s defeat to Cardiff City, according to Stats Zone.
There’s no doubt that Joe Lolley is one of Sabri Lamouchi’s most popular players with supporters. He’s been a revelation at the City Ground since joining from Huddersfield Town for just £500,000 in January 2018.
That hasn’t resulted in the 27-year-old winger being immune from criticism this season though.
Having scored 11 goals and 11 assists in the Championship last time out, there were many supporters with high expectations for Lolley this season. But he hasn’t quite made the impact many had hoped for.
He has made 17 appearances in the Championship for Lamouchi’s side. However, he has only managed to contribute with three goals and three assists.
The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat against Cardiff City at the City Ground on Saturday. Many supporters picked out Lolley’s performance against the Bluebirds as one positive to take from the game though.
Statistics from Stats Zone do support the argument that Lolley was Forest’s biggest threat on Saturday. The Reds pushed hard in the second-half to get themselves back into the game following Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s opener.
They had 32 shots on goal compared to Cardiff’s 10, but only two of these were on target.
Lolley was heavily involved in Forest’s attacking play. According to Stats Zone, he created seven chances for his teammates, as well as completing four successful dribbles. He also only misplaced seven passes in the game, completing 47, with 36 of these being in the attacking third.
However, it was his final contribution which let him down. This was the story of the afternoon for the Reds which is why it was so frustrating.
The 27-year-old got himself into a good crossing position on numerous occasions in the game, but only two of his 11 attempted crosses were successful. Not only this, but all four of his shots were off target.
It’s a positive sign for the Reds that Lolley is involved in attacking play and is getting himself into dangerous positions.
He’s shown that he has the quality to hurt sides in this division. As soon as he regains that little bit of composure in the attacking third, he could well get back to making the impact he made last season.