Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac vs Tottenham’s Ben Davies – A Statistical Comparison
Tottenham Hotspur’s recent victory over Real Madrid has seriously established them as a strong European power and just a day later, their North London rivals Arsenal, struggled to break down Red Star Belgrade, a Serbian top-flight outfit, at the Emirates, showing how far they have fallen.
However, both teams have some top class talents in their squad and it is always interesting to compare the stats of two players, from rival clubs, playing similar roles for their sides. In this piece, we look at Welsh international Ben Davies and Bosnian ace Sead Kolasinac, both of who are first choice left-backs for their sides.
With 2 goals and 2 assists to his name, Davies has played a couple of games less than Kolasinac, who has a goal and 3 assists to his name this season. With a passing accuracy of 80%, Davies has been more effective in the attacking third, creating 2.62 chances and 2.33 key passes per game.
Kolasinac, playing in his first season in England, has a passing accuracy of 83% but he has created just 1.05 chances per game with just 0.70 key passes per game this season.
Davies also aces Kolasinac in many other stats. He has a successful take on-rate of 66.67% and has won 50% of his total duels and 45.83% of his aerial duels. Kolasinac, in comparison, has a take on-success of just 50%. He is slightly better in the air, winning 69.23% of his aerial duels but he’s won just 48.81% of his total duels in general.
While Kolasinac has won 1.87 tackles per game, he’s also committed 1.87 fouls per game. Davies, on the other hand, has won just 1.31 tackles per game but has committed just 1.16 fouls per game. He’s also suffered 1.45 fouls per game, compared to 0.47 by Kolasinac.
Both players are solid at the back and is evident in their defensive stats. With 8 interceptions this season, at 0.93 per game, Kolasinac has made 0.12 blocks and 2.22 clearances per game.
Though Davies has made just 0.44 interceptions per game this season, he has made 0.15 blocks and 4.36 clearances per game, making him a slightly more effective option in the backline.
Both players are 24, but play in different styles of play, which could account for most of the differences in stats. They have been effective for their respective clubs and are equally good from the influence perspective.