Stats: How Hummels compares to Cahill, Koscielny & Kompany

Mats Hummels 2 Germany

Manchester United's new boss will reportedly make Mat Hummels his priority signing but how does he measure up to Chelsea, Arsenal & Manchester City stars?

One of the key traits displayed by a prime Rio Ferdinand was not only his defensive capability, but his willingness and effectiveness at bringing the ball out from the back and providing a successful link between the rearguard and the midfield.

His prowess with the ball at his feet while he was coached by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Sven-Goran Eriksson during England camps, won him worldwide praise and it is a style now utilised by Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels - it is no wonder he is being touted as the next Ferdinand and earmarked as a priority recruit for recently-installed United manager Louis van Gaal.

"Van Gaal has a favourite centre-back," said Dutch football expert Marcel der Kraan to talkSPORT recently. "He's been really impressed by Mats Hummels over the last two years. I would certainly think he's a very strong candidate to come to United [as] Van Gaal likes to start his football at the back."

Hummels is frequently involved in Borussia Dortmund's play, he is able to retain possession of the football, has a supeb understanding of space and positioning and is an exceptional player with the ball at his feet.

But, statistically speaking, how does he compare to some of the top Premier League defenders at present - namely, Arsenal's cultured centre back Laurent Koscielny, Chelsea's blossomed stopper Gary Cahill and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany?

  TeamTackle/ AppInt'cep/ AppClear/ AppDribble/ AppPass AccPass/ AppAppMin
Hummels BvB 2.0 2.5 5.8 1.2 81.2% 61.6 23  -
Koscielny Arsenal 1.7 2.8 7.3 0.1 93.5% 39.7 32 2,741
Cahill Chelsea 1.1 1.0 6.8 0.2 88.3% 43.7 30 2,623
Kompany City 2.3 2.0 5.1 0.6 88.1% 40.7 28 2,365

When compared against the aforementioned trio, there are few key areas where he excels. In fact, he lags far behind when it comes to passing accuracy, however, the main cause of the difference in terms of passes completed could be down to the more adventurous attempts from Hummels (24 metres passing distance on average), while Koscielny (20 metres) and Cahill and Kompany (both 21 metres) are significantly 'safer'.

Hummels, though, attempts far more per appearance (61 each game on average) which is a passing haul more befitting of a midfielder, rather than a defender locked in the first third of the field.

  TeamTackle/ AppInt'cep/ AppClear/ AppDribble/ AppPass AccPass/ AppAppMin
Hummels BvB 2.0 2.5 5.8 1.2 81.2% 61.6 23 -
Vidic United 1.2 1.9 10.6 0.9 85.5% 41.7 25 2,082
Smalling United 1.7 1.0 7.1 0.6 82.6% 39.5 25 1,938
Evans United 1.1 1.5 7.8 0.2 87.3% 47.4 17 1,377
Ferdinand United 0.7 1.4 6.3 0.2 89.0% 41.1 14 1,128

When compared to the four main centre backs used at Old Trafford last season, it is clear to see that Hummels represents a significant improvement, however, in order to truly flourish he would need to be partnered by a player similar in calibre and quality to Neven Subotic - a player who is seemingly not in United's ranks anymore due to the exportation of Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer to Internazionale.

Hummels would also likely excel if he is playing alongside a defender who can compensate for his lack of pace, akin to the excellent understanding Per Mertesacker and Koscielny share in North London.

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