Tottenham Hotspur made a very public play to try and sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton during the summer transfer window and it’s clear to see why.
He’s been one of the best all round midfielders in the Premier League this season and ahead of the Saints’ trip to White Hart Lane this weekend, we’ve decided to look at how Schneiderlin compares to one of Tottenham’s main holding players this season; Etienne Capoue.
Immediately it’s clear to see that Schneiderlin is ahead in key areas; he’s scored more, he tackles more and he wins more duels.
The Southampton tactic of showing eagerness to win the ball back doesn’t appear to have disintegrated despite the move of Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs.
However, one area that eagerness does get Schneiderlin into trouble is the number of fouls he’s committing this season, which is higher than the Spurs man and hence suggests that Capoue has slightly better timing.
Capoue also appears to be the more intelligent of the two in terms of how he reads the game.
He’s made a much higher number of interceptions which suggests he likes to step in and intercept the ball before a situation develops into something much more dangerous.
Capoue is also ahead in terms of accurate passes, which is positive because he’s played fewer minutes than the £25 million rated Frenchman the club tried to sign in the summer.
Conclusion: Schneiderlin is a top quality player who is aggressive at both ends of the pitch but Capoue has done a decent, but not remarkable job after nearly leaving in the summer. It should be a great clash this weekend.