Bradley Johnson vs Tommaso Bianchi: Norwich and Leeds look to key midfield performers

Leeds United Crest

Norwich and Leeds midfielders have been consistent performers for their respective sides this season.

Johnson vs Bianchi

Bradley Johnson cemented his playing reputation during his time at Elland Road, before Premier League side Norwich City made a move for the talented midfielder.

Know for his strong performances in defensive roles, Johnson has become something of a playmaker in recent season, and has two high-quality goals to his name in 12 games this season. One of the ever-presents in Neil Adams’ Norwich side who are looking for an instant return to the top flight, the 27-year-old has been behind much of their early season success.

Despite having a fairly poor start to the season, Leeds have a new midfield talent of their own, with summer arrival Tommaso Bianchi impressing since his switch from Italian Serie A side Sassuolo. A patient midfielder, his presence in the first-team set-up has added precision and consistency to a side who have suffered under the goings-on surrounding the Yorkshire-based club this season.

Despite having failed to open his goalscoring account for the Whites, Bianchi has proven himself to the Leeds faithful, and he has arguably been their player of the season so far.

With Leeds traveling to Carrow Road to take on the Canaries on Tuesday evening, both clubs will be looking for their respective midfielders to control the game if they intend to claim victory.

  Mins PlayedGoalsAssistsKey Passes per GamePasses per GamePassing AccuracyTouches per Game
Bradley Johnson 1080 2 1 1.4 46.9 77.2% 76.4
Tommaso Bianchi 983 0 1 0.5 54.2 85.6% 82.6

Despite having the larger match winning impact this season, Johnson is actually outperformed by the new Leeds man in nearly every aspect of creative midfield play. Bianchi completes more passes per game than Johnson - with a better accuracy - and also touches the ball more frequently than his East Anglian counterpart. He is, however, more conservative with his passing, having played just six key passes in relation to Johnson’s 17 this season - although both men have recorded the lone assist this campaign.

Where Bianchi also shines through is in his defensive play - where he outperforms the ‘hard man’ image of Johnson in remarkable fashion.

  Successful Tackles per GameBlocks per GameClearances per GameInterceptions per Game
 Bianchi 3.5 0.7 2.5 2.5
Johnson 1.6 0.2 1.1 2.1

The 25-year-old Italian completes more of every defensive duty per game than Johnson does, showing an incredible adeptness at winning tackles and completing effective clearances. His passion and desire to fight for the team have taken him to the hearts of the Leeds faithful quickly upon his arrival in Yorkshire, and his performances alone deserve better results than those which have been achieved by the Whites.

Bianchi has been a consistent presence in a starting line-up subject to change on a game-by-game basis, and he will be looking to improve upon his impact with a game winning performance at Carrow Road. Despite paling in comparison to the Italian, Johnson has had a much larger impact in the positive results secured by Norwich - results which saw them lead the Championship table heading into last weekend - and he will be looking to win the midfield battle so the Canaries can reclaim top spot with three valuable points in their race for promotion.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch