It was always going to be interesting to see how the pair of Spurs defenders shaped up against each other in terms of the numbers with Assou-Ekotto likely to be determined to show Spurs he still has a future at White Hart Lane.
Here are some key areas where they square up against each other.
Rose is only capped at four starts this season for Spurs because he got injured and he would have more appearances were it not for that ankle injury. Assou-Ekotto has been a regular fixture for Harry Redknapp at QPR making three starts and one sub appearance.
It’s interesting because the rest of their stats can be judged more realistically as they’ve featured in the same number of matches.
Rose is ahead of Assou-Ekotto in terms of passing success; 83% of passes finding their target per Premier League match over 76.5% from Assou-Ekotto, although Assou-Ekotto is making more passes per game on average.
That shows that Rose is showing a very mature football brain whether he’s pinned inside his own defensive third or whether he’s up the field in a more attacking role.
It’s also surprising considering the lower quality of football Assou-Ekotto will be experiencing in the Championship.
Tackles and Interceptions
Rose is way ahead of Assou-Ekotto in both of these areas.
Rose is making 1.5 more tackles per game on average this season and is making one more interception than Assou-Ekotto for every two games that he plays.
That suggests that Rose is a far more proactive player at the moment, always on the move and always looking to try and deal with the danger before it’s physically developed.
Clearances and Blocks
Rose also annihilates Assou-Ekotto’s stats on both of these defensive areas.
Rose is making 0.5 blocks per game this season whereas Assou-Ekotto is yet to get in the way of a single effort aimed at the QPR goal.
Rose also seems to be more effective in terms of clearing his lines with 3.8 clearances per game compared to 1.8 per game from Assou-Ekotto.
Rose is having more shots and making more key passes per game but interestingly the numbers suggest Assou-Ekotto protects the ball more effectively.
Assou-Ekotto is dispossessed less frequently although Rose is making far more forward runs with an average of 1.5 dribbles per game compared to Assou-Ekotto’s 0.3 per match.
Rose is likely to slot right back into the Tottenham back four when he returns to full fitness and given the gap between him and Assou-Ekotto, it’s no surprise Spurs have been linked with so many potential January left-back targets.
Are you surprised at how far ahead Rose is?
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