Willi Orban is a 30–year–old Hungarian professional footballer and is currently part of Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Since his move to Leipzig, Orban has become an integral part of the team, helping them reach the highest levels of the Bundesliga. Orban’s biggest strength is his defensive ability. He is an excellent tackler and is very good at reading the game, which allows him to anticipate danger before it occurs. He is also strong in the air, which is important in the Bundesliga. His performances have earned him a spot in the starting eleven for his side. Additionally, he has been able to contribute going forward too, as he is comfortable on the ball and can start attacks with accurate passing. Below, we look at some of his stats for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
Orban in 2022/23
Willi usually plays as a right centre-back, but on rare occasions, he can also slot in as the right-back. The viz above shows the percentile rank of the player’s stats compared to other centre-backs in the Bundesliga in 2022/23. He has played 21 matches and ranks in the top 66.1 percentile for defensive duels won per 90 minutes and in the top 61.9 percentile for aerial duels won. Other areas where the player does well include accurate passes per 90 and positioning. He makes and receives many passes per 90 as Leipzig tends to play out from the back. He also ranks well in terms of taking shots and making touches in the opponent’s penalty area.
Performance in 2021/22
Orban played a total of 30 matches for Leipzig in 2021-22. It can be seen that he performed well in the department of maintaining possession as well as contributing heavily to the attack. He was also in much better form in terms of winning duels and overall success in defence. He has shown major improvement in terms of maintaining possession and moving the ball around.
As a centre-back, Willi’s defensive gameplay is decent. From the viz above we can see that his average position along the defensive line is well within his own half. The player makes 13.7 recoveries and 6.1 interceptions per match. Furthermore, he contests 5.1 defensive duels with a win rate of 68.8%. As for aerial duels, the centre-back contests 6.3 per match with a 57.4% win rate.
He has a shot block xG of 1.16 and has blocked 17 shots. Most of his blocks have come from inside the box, but some are also outside the box. He averages 2.59 clearances per 90 minutes and 0.8 shot blocks per 90 minutes. The centre-back makes maximum tackles in the defensive third, in and around the box.
High pressing tendencies
The above viz represents the overall high regains made by Willi in the Bundesliga 2022/23. It can be seen that the player makes movements up the pitch in order to put pressure on the opposition. As a centre-back, Willi has made a total of 15 counter-pressing recoveries in the middle and final third of the pitch. Additionally, he has made two high regains and five dangerous recoveries for Leipzig this season.
The above viz is a representation of the passes made by the player. It can be seen that most of his work rate is again on the right side of the defence and in the middle third of the pitch. The player makes 68.38 passes per 90 with 90.9% accuracy. Additionally, he makes 5.85 passes into the final third on average. Willi makes 21.57 forward passes with 77% accuracy per 90 minutes. He possesses fine passing ability in terms of passes attempted and pass accuracy. He provides a trustworthy option in defence as a man with plenty of experience in the back and often tends to show maturity on the pitch by leading the backline. He makes progressive passes as well and makes contributions by making central and through passes to the midfielders.
Willi’s contributions in the final third last season
Willi Orban has also managed to score some goals for Leipzig over the seasons. He scored two goals from 16 shots in the 21/22 Bundesliga season and finished with an overall xG of 2.61 having 0.16 xG per shot. He had five shots on target and scored from within the six-yard box. He has already bettered his tally having netted three in 21 this season.
Alongside scoring goals, he also managed to put pressure high up the pitch in the opponent’s half and the final third. His ability to put pressure on the opposition helped Leipzig finish fourth in the Bundesliga 2021/22 season. He contributed to a total of 22 counter-pressing recoveries and eight high regains next to three dangerous recoveries.
Overall, Willi has been one of the key players behind Leipzig’s success in defence this season, and his presence has been a huge boost for the team. He is a player who is continuing to develop and improve, and it will be interesting to see how he continues to progress in the future.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine