66 clearances: Arsenal linked to £10m rated Leicester defender, but is he a good choice?

Leicester City

We evaluate whether Leicester City's Liam Moore would be a good signing for Arsenal in light of recent interest.

According to the Sun, 21-year-old Liam Moore is in Arsenal’s thoughts after the North London club sent scouts to watch him play for the England under-21’s against Croatia during the recent international break.

The Leicester defender has started all eight Premier League games this season, and has earned rave reviews after stepping up from the Championship with ease.

Last season, the young defender made 30 appearances for the Foxes, playing in both the right-back and centre-back position, as they went on to win the league comfortably. Leicester topped the division nine points clear of Burnley in second and a massive 17 off third place Derby County to rightfully earn their place in the top flight.

After playing such a huge part in their promotion, Nigel Pearson showed a lot of trust in Moore and tasked him with the step-up to the Premier League which he has done brilliantly.

Now, however, Arsenal are said to be interested in the young centre-back for a price around £10 million, but is he really the right fit for the Gunners?

At the moment, the young defender would struggle to be more than a back-up player at Arsenal. He would have to, at just 21, compete with internationals that are proven on several different levels. It could be seen as a sink or swim scenario, but he would be much better off staying at Leicester, gaining experience, and then earning the right to such a high-profile move.

The centre-back, based on the numbers, is doing a very good job in the Premier League and his high number of clearances is a huge credit to his progression.

  PositionTeamGoals ConcededTotal ClearanceTotal TacklesDuels WonTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassFoulsAppearancesMins Played
Liam Moore DF Leicester 13 66 13 38 304 175 135 4 8 720

Arsenal fans, on the other hand, will hope Arsene Wenger is looking towards a proven, world-class centre-back for the January window and not another youth player to help progress.

Supporters have criticised the French manager recently for his inability to land a proven centre-back and defensive midfielder in the summer and a 21-year-old from Leicester will probably not be what they are hoping for at the present time.

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