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On October 17, 2020, Hugo Boumous signed a two-year contract with Mumbai City FC that earned Goa FC an Indian Super League (ISL) transfer fee of around INR 1.6 million rupees.
The Frenchman scored 16 times and recorded as many as 17 assists during his time with Goa since arriving in India in January 2018. He won the Hero of the League award for scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in 15 games last season.
Moving on to the City Football Group (CFG) -owned team, Boumous did not disappoint as he posted four assists in his first five games. He eventually scored two goals and had seven assists in 13 games until his two-game penalty was extended for another two games that ruled out midfield for the rest of City’s league games. He will also miss the crucial match against ATK Mohun Bagan on Sunday, the outcome of which will determine whether Mumbai will finish the league on top or not.
Earlier in the season, injury kept Boumous out for a couple of games, as the Mumbai-based team lost points for the first time since its opening day loss to NorthEast United in a 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur. plus 2-0 on a Hyderabad team that had only two foreigners at their disposal at the time.
Mumbai City has recorded two wins in the six games played without Boumous, with a 33.3 percent winning percentage. Meanwhile, the Islanders he has won nine of his 13 games with him, reaching a winning percentage of 69.2 percent.
Sergio Lobera’s team has looked more threatening with Boumous on the side. With him they averaged 2.2 points per game and 1.3 points per game in his absence. Indeed, if it weren’t for the six goals in the 6-1 win over Odisha on Wednesday, they would also have averaged just one goal per game without him (now 1.8) than with him (1.7).
Despite missing a total of six games this season, the 25-year-old also has the most carries ending with a created opportunity in the ISL after MD21 this season (14). This should probably explain the drop in the team’s passing accuracy in the final third, as well as in the opponents’ half when Boumous is not in the lineup.
Hugo Boumous will be available for the play-offs after his withdrawal from 8 February.
The statistics used in this article are provided by Opt and they are right until the match between Odisha and Mumbai City on February 24th.