Ryan Bertrand: Better at Southampton in almost every key area - and better than Luis

Ryan Bertrand

The left-back's form has been a considerable upgrade for the Saints than during his time at Stamford Bridge and Aston Villa.

Southampton's summer recruitment has caught the eye in all departments.

Not only have Ronald Koeman's side scored their way to success - netting 21 times, the second-highest tally in the Premier League - they have conceded just five times, the undisputed best total in the top flight.

And Ryan Bertrand has had plenty to do with that success. The Chelsea loanee has thrived since moving to St Mary's and, statistically, has performed better than he ever did at Stamford Bridge.

 For Southampton Chances Created/gameAccurate Crosses/gameDribbles Won/gameTackles Won/gameInterceptions Won/gameEffective Clearances/gameAppearancesMins Played
Ryan Bertrand 0.9 0.7 0.5 1 1.9 1.3 10 900
 For Chelsea/Aston Villa Chances Created/gameAccurate Crosses/gameDribbles Won/gameTackles Won/gameInterceptions Won/gameEffective Clearances/gameAppearancesMins Played
Ryan Bertrand 0.49 0.33 0.37 1.16 0.72 1.28 43 3,275

As Opta stats show, the 25-year-old has been better in every key area bar one during his time so far with the Saints than his average over his Chelsea career (and his loan spell with Aston Villa).

Bertrand has created far more chances and lands more crosses. He also wins marginally more dribbles and makes marginally more clearances, while winning more than double the amount of interceptions.

The only department the defender was better in with the Blues and at Villa was the amount of tackles he won.

Interestingly, meanwhile, Bertrand's form this term is superior to that of second-choice Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis.

  Chances Created/gameAccurate Crosses/gameDribbles Won/gameTackles Won/gameInterceptions Won/gameEffective Clearances/gameAppearancesMins Played
Filipe Luis 0.75 0 0.5 2.25 0.5 0.5 4 235

In every key area bar two, the Southampton man is an upgrade. The Brazilian only conquers Bertrand in terms of tackles won, while he also averages the same amount of dribbles per game.

Of course, Bertrand has more freedom at the Saints, explaining the improved form, while Luis is only just settling into life in London.

Do the 25-year-old's displays, though, prove that Chelsea would have been better off keeping him?

It may be a moot point as Bertrand wanted regular first-team football. But what better place to leave the table-toppers for than the team directly behind them in the table?

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