Sandro vs Capoue - did Spurs keep the right midfielder?

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We look at this season's Premier League statistics of the Tottenham midfielder and the QPR man.

Tottenham's decision to sell midfielder Sandro this summer was one that was fiercely questioned by the club's supporters.

The popular Brazil international had gone through several injury problems in the last couple of seasons, though still commanded a £10 million fee to link up with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.

Sandro was sold because new White Hart Lane coach Mauricio Pochettino had decided over pre season that 2013 signing Etienne Capoue was a better bet in the defensive midfield role, and the ex Toulouse man started the season in strong form to seemingly help the Argentine make his mind up.

But since then, Capoue's performances have been a little hit and miss, while Sandro retains the love of Spurs fans and players, with Erik Lamela posting a picture of him meeting up with the 25-year-old earlier this week.

Below we look at how the two players have fared in the Premier League this season to see whether Spurs kept the right man:

  PositionTeamPassing Accuracy %Won Tackles / GAMEEffective Clearances / GAMEDuels Won / GAMEInterceptions Won / GAMEPoss Won Midfield 3rd / GAMEAppsMins Played
Etienne Capoue MF Tottenham 88.36% 2.2 2.7 4.8 2.9 3.7 9 743
Sandro MF QPR 74.17% 1.4 1 5.2 1.4 1.8 5 302

As the table above shows, Capoue has been a more efficient midfield enforcer in nearly every category than his former Brazilian teammate. The Frenchman has seen plenty of the ball and boasts   a passing accuracy not far off the best in the league (Cesc Fabregas has 89.4%). Capoue trumps Sandro in winning tackles, effectively clearing the ball, intercepting passes and winning possession in midfield, achieving more than double what the QPR man could achieve in the majority of statistics.

Sandro in comparison only comes out on top when considering ground duels for possession, with 5.2 successful attempts per game, and even then Capoue is only marginally behind.

It is worth considering though that Tottenham, despite their temperamental Premier League performances, are above QPR in the league and have enjoyed more possession in games than their London rivals. Sandro has also been building up match fitness after a stop-start pre-season with Spurs, and though Capoue is looking like the better option right now, fans at White Hart Lane have seen what the Brazilian is capable of in seasons gone by, and it will be interesting to see how much the former Internacional man improve as the campaign progresses.

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