On the last day of the transfer window, Eintracht Frankfurt bolstered their team with the acquisition of Philipp Max. The left–back had been in Eindhoven for the last two and a half years, where he had won the Dutch Cup and the Super Cup twice. He had previously played for FC Augsburg from 2015 to 2020, appearing in 156 games and scoring 15 goals and 29 assists. He made his Bundesliga debut for FC Schalke 04 in the 2013-14 season. Max played 117 matches for PSV, with eight goals and 20 assists. He has already played one game for Frankfurt against Hertha BSC in the 2022–23 Bundesliga, totaling 69 minutes. Philipp Max provides a wealth of experience and versatility, as he is capable of playing both left and right back. Below are some of the stats for the player from the current season.
Max for PSV through 2021-2023
Philipp Max is a German footballer who plays as a left-back for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Dutch club PSV. The German played a total of 14 matches for Eidenhoven in 2022–23. The visuals represent the player’s rank versus other left-backs in the Dutch top division for 21/22 and 22/23, respectively. In the current season, Max has a very low percentile rank compared to other left-backs in the Eredivisie in terms of his defensive performance on the pitch. Overall, he averages 10.42 duels per 90, with a win rate of 46.2%. He has managed to put up decent performances in attack through the left flank and has performed well in terms of passing and possession.
Max appeared in 25 matches for PSV in 2021/22. It can be seen that he performed much better in terms of winning aerial duels as compared to his latest season. He competed in 14.92 duels, winning 49.1% of them. The most notable of all is his contributions in attack; it can be seen that he ranked highly for expected goal contributions, shots, and touches in the opponent’s penalty area in comparison to other left-backs in the Dutch top division. He has made improvements in terms of his positioning and passing accuracy over the years. He ranks well in terms of his possession stats, and it will be interesting to see how the player fares in the German top flight once again.
Performance going forward
Philipp Max has assisted two goals in 14 matches in the Eredivisie 2022-2023 season. Looking into his passing aspect of the game, Max passes the ball roughly 45.66 times during a game with a pass completion rate of 87.12%. He also plays 1.49 key passes each game, which leads to significant scoring chances. Overall, Max’s xA output is 0.25 per 90 minutes. He attempts 0.75 dribbles per 90 and makes 3.08 successful crosses on average. The above viz shows that the majority of his actions take place deep in the left wing, and he likes to move into the penalty box to create an attacking threat for the opponents.
In terms of his ability to create progressive plays, he provides efficient passes while also creating a good number of dangerous plays on the pitch. In the 2022 season, the German averaged 50.78 passes per 90 minutes with an accuracy of 83.4%. Overall, he averaged 2.68 progressive runs and made 3.57 passes into the penalty box per 90. Although he only provided a total of three assists in the Eredivisie, the German showed top form by making progress in the final third on the left flank.
Performance in defence
As a defender, Philipp Max has conceded 13 goals and kept three clean sheets in 14 matches in the Eredivisie 2022–2023 season. That means when Max is on the pitch, his team concedes a goal every 79 minutes. He averages 2.42 interceptions per 90 plays and wins 46.4% of defensive duels. He is 36.4% successful in the air on average and makes an overall average of 7.33 recoveries in the opponent’s half per 90 minutes. The majority of his defensive action occurs on the left flank in the middle and defensive third.
In conclusion, Philipp Max provides a wealth of experience and versatility, as he is capable of playing both left and right back. He is also known for his attacking prowess, which will be a welcome addition to the squad. His experience will be invaluable in helping to organise the team and providing a calming influence on the back line for Eintracht Frankfurt. Furthermore, Max has already proven himself in the Bundesliga, so he should be able to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine