In numbers: How Jorge Pereyra Diaz is making a real difference for Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC have shown their flamboyance in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season with much poise, being the only unbeaten team in the league as well as being the top scoring side (27 goals) in the league.

While the league continues to show its competitiveness with very little to differentiate between the top six teams, the Islanders have shown their attacking prowess with absolute authority against every possible team. 

While the goal contributions keep coming through different player, their new foreign signing, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, sits at the helm of their goalscoring output numbers and is their top scorer this season. 

In nine matches this season, the forward has scored six goals and provided one assist. Having started in only six of those nine matches, the Argentine has been able to find the back of the net in all of the six outings. Nearing the halfway mark in the season, Diaz is not far off from last season’s tally of eight goals and one assist with former side Kerala Blasters FC. 

His goal against FC Goa in the previous game was the fourth consecutive game in which he has scored at least one goal. To put that into context, only Dimitrios Diamantakos of Kerala Blasters FC has scored in more consecutive matches (5) than him this season. 

The striker has been clinical in front of goal and is seeming like the missing piece in the jigsaw for the Islanders. His six goals have come from just 14 shots on goal. His goal conversion rate is currently at 42.9%, the highest among all Mumbai City FC players this season. 

In his second successive season at the club, head coach Des Buckingham has managed to procure massive attacking output by placing his faith in the two new signings in Diaz and Greg Stewart.

Already having a stacked and star-studded attacking lineup, Buckingham has effectively managed to bring the best out of Diaz. Under Buckingham, the forward has created 13 chances this season, the joint-second most by a Mumbai City FC player in the Hero ISL 2022-23. Only Greg Stewart has created more chances for the Islanders so far. 

Alongside having a poacher in the team, the Englishman has remodelled the Argentine into a player who can play all sorts of roles in the offence. To summarise his contributions in the attack this season, the attacker created 29 chances in 21 games last season under former head coach Ivan Vukomanovic. Cut to this season, he already has created 13 chances without having started all of the games for his side.

All in all, this goes on to show the lengths and breadths Buckingham has gone to carve the best possible attacking side in the league, and with the presence of high-profile players such as Jorge Pereyra Diaz in the team, the dream of reclaiming the Hero ISL crown only comes closer for the Islanders.

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