Signed from Derby County for a mere £300,000 on 28th January 2011 on a three and a half year deal, Kris Commons has become one of the best performers for Celtic. When he signed, he scored for fun in the last half of the season, and he’s continued this brilliant form up until the present day. Commons is definitely the best signing Lennon has made, out with the players who’ve already moved on like Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama. He is going on 30 years of age now, but as far as I’m concerned he can play out the rest of his career here.
He played 21 games in the last half of season 2010/11 and in that time he managed to score 14 goals and assisted 6. This shows that he was involved in 0.95 of goals for games played, an outstanding figure for a new signing. Saying that, it’s an outstanding figure for any football player. He also did this in all of 1,529 minutes that he played. This shows that he scored a goal or assisted a goal every 76 minutes, guaranteeing a goal in every game.
In his first full season (2011/12) at Celtic he only managed to score 1 goal and assist 13 in a total of 33 games played. Not the free scoring form from the beginning of 2011, but his overall performances were still up to the usual high standard.
Commons has the ability to open up defences with a single pass and he can dribble past players on his day. He also has a truly fantastic eye for goal and always likes to take on the long shots. His vision is second to none and at so many times he looks like the only player who is capable of attacking. You can see what a difference he makes to the team and when he isn’t playing for whatever reason, you can see that we miss him.
Last season seen Commons play 49 games (the most he has played in a season at Celtic yet) and managed to score 19 times, assisting 17 times. He was involved in 0.73 of goals for games played, which again is a very impressive stat. From last season, only Gary Hooper had a better record than this. 3,371 minutes were played by Commons, showing that he brings a goal to the team every 94 minutes, just under a goal per game.
In the three full seasons that Commons has played, Celtic have been involved European football each time. He has played a total of 22 European games now, scoring 4 goals and assisting 6 times. Taking just last season and this season so far, he has played 18 games, with the same scoring and assist record. So this shows that he has been involved in over half of Celtic’s total goals in the Champions League in the games he has played in, which has been more or less every game.
Commons has recently retired from International football, which will only benefit Celtic in the long run. This will ensure a more prolonged club career and will keep away the risk of injury on International days/nights. He’s the sort of player who looks to get the ball at his feet all the time; he is an excellent passer of the ball as well, always looking to make the pass up the field and create chances. He also loves to score important goals, and there have been many of them since he has signed for Celtic. Take him out of the team and half of Celtic’s goal threat disappears. Now that Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama have left, Commons finds himself in the ‘most important players’ category with Georgios Samaras. The stats all but confirm how important a player he is for Celtic.
In total for Celtic, Commons has made 108 appearances, cumulating in a total of 7,039 minutes. In this time he has managed to score 37 goals and assisted 39 times. He has been subbed in 24 times, and subbed out 45 times. He has also picked up 4 yellow cards, 1 double yellow, and 1 straight red card. This works out at a sound 0.70 involvement in goals per games played in, and shows that he is involved in a goal every 93 minutes. Just under a goal per game and only just. If you take the amount of games he has started (84), he is involved in 0.90 goals per game started. This won’t be an accurate figure however as he will have came off the bench and scored or assisted in a few, but it shows just how influential he is for Celtic.
So far this campaign, Commons has been the stand out player yet again. He has notched up 8 games so far, scoring 3 and assisting 3, picking up from last season. I’d say that he has probably got the best football brain at Celtic. This could prove to be another season in which Commons is the main man for Celtic and the player who can create the chances. When it comes to goals and assists, there’s nobody in the team better than Kris Commons.