HEAD-TO-HEAD: Wolves' Danny Batth v Nottingham Forest's Michael Mancienne

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Stuart Pearce claims Michael Mancienne is the best defender in the Championship, but what about Wolves' star man?


Nottingham Forest are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship after eight games, with a number of star performers stepping up.

Among them is former England under-21 captain Michael Mancienne, who signed from Hamburg from £1 million in the summer.

Manager Stuart Pearce told the Nottingham Post this week he believed Mancienne to be the best defender in the Championship, commenting: "

He was immense on Saturday and, in my opinion, he is the best defender in this league.

"He is a fantastic man and a really fantastic professional footballer. He is really low maintenance."

Mancienne is not the only impressive defender however, with Wolves centre-back Danny Batth another who has stood out.

We took a look at their performances this campaign so far, and Batth holds his own against Mancienne in several areas.

  Passing AccuracyTacklesInterceptionsClearancesBlocksDispossessedGoalsMins Played
Danny Batth 83% 1.13 1.5 11.5 2.25 2 1 720
Michael Mancienne 82% 1.29 2.86 13.43 0.71 0 0 630

Batth, 24, was a key figure in Wolves' promotion campaign from League One last season, and has made the step up to the Championship adeptly.

He stands out in terms of blocking shots, and has a narrowly superior passing accuracy to Mancienne, as well as finding the scoresheet.

Former Chelsea trainee Batth has made more tackles per game, interceptions per game, and clearances. Batth has also been dispossessed twice, with Mancienne flawless in this area.

Pearce's comments will divide opinion, but Mancienne is certainly up there, and Batth's performances throw him into the mix too. The challenge is upon both of them to keep up the form and show they can be successful across the course of the season in the division.

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