Eriksen, Mata and Ozil: Who has been the best signing?

We take a look at the stats between the Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal stars.

Following Christian Eriksen’s near-perfect display against Sunderland, there have been strong suggestions that the £11m man has been much more value for money than Manchester United’s £37m signing Juan Mata and Arsenal’s record £42.4m signing Mesut Ozil.

Using our very own Opta Stats, we are going to compare the necessary statistics involving the important attributes of a creative midfielder.


NameTeamPosTotal Att Assist / appsBig Chance Created / appsGoals / appsWon Contest / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsBall Recovery / appsAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 2.86 0.14 0.18 1.64 55.95 79.86 4.32 22 1,834
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 2.55 0.45 0.27 0.82 53.91 79.55 5.55 11 955
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 2.50 0.30 0.30 1.00 33.30 62.80 3.90 20 1,538

As per the table, the three playmakers have all excelled in different areas - with the stats being based on each category on average per Premier League match.

Tottenham Hotpsur's 22-year-old star leads the way with goals, suggesting he's more of a goal threat than Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil. However, he comes out in third place in the total number of assists and he falls someway short in accurate passes and amount of touches.

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil appears to come out in third place in goals and big chances created, though he does lead with the number of assists - helped by another Arsenal player finishing off his passes. One area which Ozil does excell is his dribbling and accurate passing - finishing a long way above his Tottenham rival.

Manchester United's Juan Mata appears to be the most consistent in all areas. The spanish international rivals Mesut Ozil very close in touches and accurate passes, and comes out on top in big chances created and ball recoveries - perhaps disproving Mourinho's theory that he's not as good defensively.

On the basis of the table, Juan Mata appears to have recorded the best stats out of the three, though he has only played half the amount of games as his competitors. Mesut Ozil appears to come out in second place, just ahead of Tottenham's young star Eriksen.

The difference between each stat, however, is not as big as the transfer fees paid out for each player. Therefore, Tottenham Hotspur's deal to bring in Eriksen for three times less than Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil would go some way to show who did the best piece of business this season.

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