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Assou-Ekotto or Coentrao for Tottenham? 2012/13 stats compared

Who would Tottenham Hotspur fans prefer at left-back next season?

The often outspoken Benoit Assou-Ekotto was linked with a move away from Spurs earlier this summer, but as it stands he is set to line up for the club in their opening game of the season in a fortnight's time.

There is one threat to that though, with rumours Real Madrid will attempt to trade in Fabio Coentrao in a deal for Gareth Bale.

Clearly Spurs want to hang onto the Welsh winger, but if they do decide to cash in, should they try to bring in Coentrao? Would it be an upgrade?

We decided to take a look at the stats of both Fabio Coentrao and Benoit Assou-Ekotto's respective 2012/13 seasons to see how they compared...

Appearances - Goals - Assists

Assou-Ekotto: 12 Premier League starts (three sub appearances), Four Europa League starts (one sub). One goal, no assists.

Coentrao: 16 La Liga starts, 8 Champions League starts. One goal, one assist.

Pass success

Assou-Ekotto: 74.6 per cent.

Coentrao: 83.1 per cent.

Shots per game

Assou-Ekotto: 0.5 average.

Coentrao: 0.3  average.


Assou-Ekotto: 0.6 successful dribble on average per game.

Coentrao: 1 successful dribble on average per game.

Aerial duels won per game

Assou-Ekotto: 1.1 average.

Coentrao: 1 average.

Tackles per game

Assou-Ekotto: 1.3 average.

Coentrao: 2.7 average.

Interceptions per game:

Assou-Ekotto: 3.3 average.

Coentrao: 2.2 average.

Fouls conceded per game:

Assou-Ekotto: 1.2 average.

Coentrao: 0.9 average.


Assou-Ekotto: 3.5 average.

Coentrao: 3 average.

How much is there to choose between them? Would Coentrao be an upgrade and do Spurs need him?

image: © anna enriquez

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