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MetiNews.Com - The Terriers' defender speaks about his love of stats and how he uses them to push himself on and constantly improve
Breaking News ! Harry Toffolo has no issue admitting that he is a self-confessed football stats lover. The Huddersfield Town defender is always looking to push himself and coax more out of his game. And his desire to consistently improve means that he has quickly become a numbers boffin. Toffolo, considered one of the most-improved full-backs in the EFL in recent years, admits he regularly studies his stats and averages following matches. Read More Related Articles Carlos Corberan highlights the issue behind Huddersfield Town's recent stutter Read More Related Articles Wayne Rooney issues latest update regarding Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town return Speaking on Town's YouTube Preview Show earlier this week, Toffolo said: “I’m massive on stats - (it's) the way football is going. “I remember looking at the stats once, and there’s no point me comparing myself to Troy Deeney for example, it’s not my position. "But you compare yourself to other left-backs in the Championship and the Premier League to see what they’re doing, and even in League One and League Two, because they’re at your heels and want to take your job so you’ve got to prepare yourself for that. “I look at the interceptions throughout the games and I was at the lower end of the stats and I thought to myself, ‘I want to be in the top two or top three of the stats of every single possible thing I can be at’, because I want to be recognised as one of the best left-backs in the league. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “So I had to work on different things and it was being more aggressive defensively, and now I’ve got my interceptions where I’m making consistently over four or five interceptions a game.
.1 or 1.2 averages. “I knuckled down and thought ‘what can I do to improve my game’, the manager wants an aggressive front-foot defender, full-back as well which is harder to play against.
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“So I thought I had to change my game and I’ve been able to do that, and there’s other parts of my game I’m looking to improve as well and bits I want to keep improving that are up there on the stats. “As players we look at it intensely to be honest. I think the manager looks at the GPS stats and it’s become second nature to us now. We don’t even have to ask now, I think the performance team – Callum Walsh, Josh Snowden – just send us over the information straight away." Toffolo has started every single Championship game for Town and has featured in 2,160 out of a possible 2,250 minutes.
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