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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How does Spurs Alderweireld compare to Arsenal's Mustafi?


Arsenal's summer signing of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi was three times more expensive than Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld.

I saw this Tweet and thought I'd dig deeper. Is Toby Alderweireld a better defender than Shkodran Mustafi? We'll let the statistics decide.

The comparison statistics from Whoscored.

Shkodran Mustafi in the Premier League
Cost: £34.85 million (€40.85m - AUS$57.63m - US$43.26m)

Played: 23
Minutes: 2,005
Tackles Per Game: 2
Interceptions Per Game: 2.6
Fouls: 1.4
Clearances Per Game: 4.8
Blocks: 0.2

Toby Alderweireld in the Premier League
Cost: £13.60 million (€15.94m - AUS$22.49m - US$16.88m)
Played: 23
Minutes: 1.974
Tackles Per Game: 1.4
Interceptions Per Game: 0.8
Fouls: 0.3
Clearances Per Game: 5.8
Blocks: 0.7

The following screenshots are taken from the Squawka Comparison Matrix, a very useful tool.

The Spurs man has the better pass completion rate, they are equal on Key Passes but Alderweireld comes out on top in the tackling department.

Shkodran Mustafi loses more tackles than he wins while Toby Alderweireld wins more tackles than he loses. A clear winner there.

Toby Alderweireld wins more duels with an opponent than the Arsenal man and commits an extraordinary less number of fouls. Well, it may be a surprise to anyone other than a Spurs fan as we know his reading of the game is superb and thus he is in the right place to take the ball away from an opponent without having to resort to fouling. That has a knock-on effect, of course, it means he is going to suffer fewer bookings and in unlikely to get himself suspended.

His reading of the games also means he has to make fewer interceptions as he gets to the ball before an attacker to clear the danger. Cutting out an attack before it can develop and you have to intercept isn't covered by statistics but we see it each week from Toby.

More blocks, more clearances, less yellow cards, a better overall defensive rating, a better overall possession rating.

At a third of the price who you would want playing in your side is a no-brainer, Spurs' Toby Alderweireld wins the dual hands down.

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  1. Toby is the king all day long p/s if you want a good laugh watch arsenal tv on youtube its a must see

  2. Mustafi dump and quick

  3. This is like comparing The Beatles to the The Streets, it is a no contest, a mismatch, 'man against boy' COYS



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