Three areas which suggest Lallana is the man Chelsea must sign this summer

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana is being heavily linked with a high profile transfer to Chelsea.

Adam Lallana is reportedly one of Chelsea’s transfer targets this summer with Jose Mourinho seemingly keen to tie down a player who can fill the void created by Juan Mata’s transfer to Manchester United.

Chelsea’s primary number ten at the moment is Oscar, an extremely talented player on the ball and someone who is perfectly able to create chances at will for the current first team.

Lallana has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season but if Mourinho sees him as an option to come into the squad in place of Mata, will he be faced with the same problems he had with the Spaniard?

One of Mourinho’s reported problems with Mata was his work rate off the ball and his inability to go from a forward thinking midfielder into a defensive one, so what do the stats say about Lallana?

Tackles

PlayerClubPosTotal TackleAppsMins
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 53 32 2,614
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 27 23 1,699

Lallana is substantially more effective than Mata when it comes to tackling. It shouldn’t be a major surprise considering the pressure Mauricio Pochettino places on his players to press high up the pitch and win back the ball quickly.

Duels Won

PlayerClubsPosDuel WonAppsMins
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 192 32 2,614
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 84 23 1,699

Lallana is also far more effective in terms of the number of duels he’s won this season. It suggests that he’s an extremely difficult player to get the better of in any duel where he goes up against an opponent to try and win the ball. He creates pressure.

Interceptions

PlayerClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 36 32 2,614
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 10 23 1,699

He also reads the game more effectively than Mata, which would allow him to get into positions all over the Chelsea midfield where he could step in, cut off angles and generally make it extremely difficult for the opposition to move the ball out of their own defensive third.

Fouls

PlayerClubPosFoulsAppsMins
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 31 32 2,614
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 12 23 1,699

One area Mata is better in a defensive sense is with the number of fouls he gives away per game. Lallana commits more fouls all over the pitch, which can be negative in a defensive sense because it releases pressure and allows a side to get the ball away from their own defensive third.

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