For FC Goa, time to make Jorge Ortiz's excellence count
Jorge Ortiz has been excellent in a FC Goa team that have struggled to click as a unit. Can the Gaurs make the most of their in-form playmaker and turn things around?
For FC Goa, the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season has been one to forget. A team that had reached the semi-finals for the last four seasons, is struggling at the bottom end of the table.
Silly mistakes in key moments have cost them. Their recent match against Jamshedpur FC substantiated the fact. FC Goa had controlled the match, with 70% possession and took 12 shots, but they only kept two of those shots on target and they conceded a goal, which should have been saved.
But for a side that has lost its confidence and swagger, Jorge Ortiz has been their bright light. The Spaniard has been prominent in the FC Goa squad. He has played all but three games for the Gaurs this season and their record in those three games is abysmal: two draws and one loss . Ortiz has played an influential role in all the three wins of his team. Notably, against SC East Bengal when he scored a goal and assisted two more in their 4-3 win.
The west Indian outfit has scored 17 goals this season and Ortiz has directly contributed to 53% of those goals with nine goal contributions. Only Jamshedpur FC’s Greg Stewart (58%) has been involved in a greater percentage of his team’s goals than Ortiz.
|Player||Team||Goal contributions||% of goal contributions|
|Greg Stewart||Jamshedpur FC||11||58|
|Jorge Ortiz||FC Goa||9||53|
|Adrian Luna||Kerala Blasters FC||8||44|
|Igor Angulo||Mumbai City FC||10||43|
|Bartholomew Ogbeche||Hyderabad FC||14||43|
But, there is a limit to what an individual can do. So far, this season the Gaurs have a conversion rate of 7.28%, which is the worst in the league. They have created a plethora of chances and taken 206 shots, but have scored only 17 goals.
Football is a team sport, an individual can only do so much. With only six matches left of their season, Derrick Pereira’s men need to start taking their opportunities as they present themselves, if they want to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals.