Stats: What would Memphis Depay bring to the Spurs midfield?

The young Dutch winger has starred in his two World Cup cameos - would he be a positive addition to the Tottenham squad?

With the World Cup group stages done and dusted and the tournament already moving into the dreaded knockout rounds, many Tottenham fans may be wondering which midfielders may have caught the eye of Mauricio Pochettino.

In all fairness, midfield is a position Spurs are fairly well equipped in, with plenty of central midfielders as well as those that can play out wide.

The Argentine will likely only be looking for outstanding talent that may have proved itself on the biggest stage, or players that are completely different to what he has at the club.

One player that would have undoubtedly impressed the Tottenham hierarchy is Dutch winger Memphis Depay.

Just 20-years-old and possessing quick feet, excellent pace, and the tricks and shooting ability to trouble both defences and goalkeepers, the Feyenoord has proved himself a valuable attacking option from the bench, and has managed to bag two goals in just 66 minutes of game time.

Comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo may be premature, but there is no doubting Depay has a huge well of potential that football fans are just beginning to see, and rumours are that Real Madrid and Manchester United have also taken an interest.

Below we look at his Opta stats to see whether he can bring something to the widemen and attacking midfielders Tottenham already have at the club.

  TeamGoals / appsOntarget Scoring Att / appsTotal Att Assist / appsPassing Accuracy %Dribble Success %Was Fouled / appsAppsMins
Memphis Depay Netherlands 1 1.5 0.5 75.00 55.56 1 2 66

Though it is difficult to look at the two performances of Depay (above) and compare them to the season averages of the Tottenham players (below), it helps to indicate where his strengths may be and where the strengths of the existing Tottenham players are. 

  TeamPosGoals / appsOntarget Scoring Att / appsTotal Att Assist / appsPassing Accuracy %Dribble Success %Was Fouled / appsAppsMins
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 0.28 0.88 2.72 72.26 39.06 0.56 25 1,983
Andros Townsend Spurs MF 0.04 0.80 1.04 76.15 56.67 1.16 25 1,225
Gylfi Sigurdsson Spurs MF 0.20 0.60 0.60 79.74 40.00 0.68 25 1,276
Aaron Lennon Spurs MF 0.04 0.26 1.30 80.70 38.46 0.85 27 2,187
Nacer Chadli Spurs MF 0.04 0.25 1.29 80.40 49.02 0.50 24 1,453
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 0 0.22 0.67 75.77 50.00 0.44 9 326

We can see that Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson had the best shooting stats last season in that order, while only Eriksen and Sigurdsson had any scoring stats to write home about.

Erkisen, then Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli set up the most chances per appearance, while Lennon, Chadli and Sigurdsson had the stronger passing accuracies, with Eriksen surprisingly last - perhaps on account of him trying riskier balls.

Finally, the quickfeeted Townsend and Lennon were both fouled more times than their teammates on average, with the 23-year old Englishman managing to beat his man when attempting a dribble a superb 57% of the time, with Lamela in second place.

Clearly, when looking at Depay and the Spurs midfielders, the Dutchman is someone that is strong with both his shooting and his ability to score from his efforts on goal. His passing percentage is roughly the same as Erik Lamela exhibited last season, even though he has created few openings. His dribble success, and the amount of fouls he drew are around the same level as Townsend, the player with the most success in this regard in the Tottenham team.

Though these statistics only show a hint of of Depay's ability, given the restricted nature of them, they suggest that he is indeed a very skilful player, whose ability may lie particularly in creating, and converting goalscoring chances for himself. His 12 goals in 32 games for Feyenoord seem to back this up, though 8 assists alongside that show he is able to set up his teammates.

He isn't disimilar to a player Spurs already have at the club in this regard, with Andros Townsend having decent results for on target shots, dribbling success, and drawing fouls from the opposition. The difference between the Dutchman and Townsend is that he managed to double the England winger's goal total despite playing just 1/19 of the Spurs player's minutes.

Not only does this show that Depay may be a good addition, it also shows that if Townsend can turn a few more of those on target shots into goals, Tottenham could already have an outstanding attacking force.

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