Dealing with high balls
Unlike the close calls in ‘Distribution’ and ‘Shot-stopping’, Raya storms ahead of Ramsdale in this particular category.
Aerial competence is a major plus with Raya as he acts decisively and uses his stocky frame to outmuscle attackers for high balls, making 52 such claims in 2022/23 with an aerial-duel success rate of 95%. The 27-year-old judges the crowded penalty box scene extremely well and knows when to punch or catch, while he shows incredible bravery to collect the ball under pressure.
On the other hand, Ramsdale leaves much to be desired in the air and sometimes fails to take control when vacating the goal-line, with poor goals conceded against both Aston Villa and Manchester United last season directly linked to his aerial weaknesses.
A meagre 22 high claims and 80% aerial win rate suggest there is plenty of room for improvement, while Raya has set the standard.
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