Stoke City completed the signing of former Manchester United defender Phillip Bardsley on Thursday on a three-year-deal after his contract had expired at Sunderland.
The 28-year-old spent six-and-a-half years at Sunderland and last season was a period of ups and downs for the right-back. Initially being out of favour with Paolo Di Canio he was isolated, Bardsley then came back with a bang and was impressive under Gus Poyet. He made his mind up in April however that he was to leave The Stadium of Light in his shadow.
Mark Hughes has snapped him up and Bardsley will now go up against Geoff Cameron to see who can be the regular right-back in the starting eleven. Let's have a look at their stats from the Premier League season just gone.
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It should be taken into account that Cameron played in 11 more games than Bardsley so his stats are inflated in comparison. However it is initially clear to see that the American international has a much higher amount of interceptions. On average Cameron intercepted the ball 2.5 times per game, whilst Bardsley's rate was less than one per game.
The amount of tackles won per game is very similar, as are the amount of duels won. Despite playing in 11 more games, Cameron only achieved two more clean sheets than Bardsley. Obviously there are more players that play a factor in this but considering Sunderland were battling for survival all season and Stoke were fairly comfortable that is a surprising stat.
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We should also look at things from a more attacking point of view, as full-backs these days are expected to get forward and have a big impact on a side's attacking threat. Both players managed two goals this season, and Cameron also got himself an assist. Bardsley had eight shots on target overall though, and he does have a powerful shot on him, as proven in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup when David De Gea spilled his effort into the goal.
Geoff Cameron crossed the ball almost twice as much as Bardsley showing he likes to get down the wing and whip balls in.
The stats between the two are very close and it is hard to call exactly who Hughes will favour at right-back. The benefit of having Cameron in the squad however is that he is a very versatile player. Capable of playing anywhere along the back four as well as a holding midfield role. It could be that we see Cameron switch positions to accommodate Bardsley in the side.