Eric Bailly produced a commanding performance at right back during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
And he provided a rare spark of promise on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for Jose Mourinho‘s men, rampaging down the right hand side and remaining disciplined throughout.
His stats from the game shed light on what was another powerful display.
Bailly's game by numbers vs. Spurs:
100% aerial duels won
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 14, 2017
This was just Bailly’s second game at right back in a Man United shirt, adding to the 40 minutes he managed at Crystal Palace in December before coming off with injury, and what struck me more than anything was the sheer pace with which he bombs forward. It happens gradually, with the first few steps somewhat benign, until finally that momentum hits and he is just flying, hurtling through the air at an uncontrollable rate of knots.
The 24-year-old’s commitment to the cause has been nothing short of preternatural this season: he featured in every game since the international break before injuring himself against Swansea City, only to then come back straight away and miss just one game, displaying the same kind of bombastic energy throughout. He will, no doubt, be a huge miss in Stockholm.