More goals, key passes and dribbles: Is Reus an upgrade on David Silva?

Marco Reus

Manchester City have reportedly made an enquiry for Borussia Dortmund's German midfielder Marco Reus, but is the German a superior option to David Silva?

Reports claim Manchester City have made an official enquiry for Borussia Dortmund's coveted attacking midfielder, Marco Reus, and have asked for updates over his availability.
 
The 25-year-old is contracted until 2017, but a £20m buy-out clause is set to kick in next summer. With an alleged contract stand-off leaving him open to a move, City look set to launch bid ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
  
Should Reus make the move to the Etihad, he would surely rival David Silva for 'star-midfielder' status, but how does the German compare to Spanish playmaker?
 
  TeamGoal /AppShot Acc (%)Assist/ AppKey Pass /AppAccurate Pass/ AppPass Acc (%)Take On/ AppAerial Won/ AppAppsMins
David Silva Man City 0.26 26.42 0.33 3.19 61.04 88.18 1.07 0.33 27 2,173
Jack Rodwell Man City 0.53 59.00 0.43 3.00 24.37 75.00 2.70 0.77 30 2,208

Reus found the back of the net far more regularly than Silva throughout the previous domestic season, while assisting more goals and completing a greater number of take-ons. The Dortmund midfielder is also responsible for winning more tackles and aerial duels per match.

In fact, Silva is only superior to Reus in terms of his passing ability. Despite the German's success in creating goals, the Spaniard actually fashioned a greater number of chances for his teammates last term. He also recorded significantly more accurate passes per appearance, giving him a superior final success rate. Having completed 88% of his attempts to find a teammate, he is far more prolific than Reus in this department.

Nonetheless, the duo's versatility would allow Pellegrini to fit both players into the same midfield. Silva is the perfect man for the play-making role, while Reus is leagues above the Chilean's alternative midfield players in terms of his end product. The Dortmund midfielder is highly regarded as one of the best attackers in world football, and despite the wealth of talent already on the books at the Etihad, he would represent a significant coup.

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