Tottenham's Federico Fazio outshines Younes Kaboul in five key areas

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio had a far more impressive game from a statistical point of view than the recently-appointed captain.

It is fair to say Federico Fazio's Tottenham Hotspur career has not started well.

The Argentine centre-back has made eight appearances for Spurs so far and has been sent off twice.  He has also been less than impressive when he has been on the pitch, prompting many Tottenham fans to question his signing.

Against Stoke City on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino's side fell to yet another disheartening defeat, just when they were looking like putting a run together.  And once more their defence came in for heavy criticism.  But for all Fazio's faults on the pitch - and there are a few - there was another defender who was far more deserving of his fans' ire.

Younes Kaboul was outshone in five key areas by his centre-back partner, but having been made captain of the club one wonders just how likely it is that the Frenchman would be dropped having only recently been given the armband.

  Passing AccuracyInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesDuels WonAerials WonMins Played
Federico Fazio 90% 3 10 7 3 90
Younes Kaboul 79% 1 6 3 1 90

Fazio's passing accuracy was a full 11 per cent better than his skipper's.  He also made more interceptions, more effective clearances and won more ground duels and aerial battles.

Over the 90 minutes, Fazio did far more defending than Kaboul and while he is far from the finished article and is prone to mistakes (or dismissals) there are other players who need to shoulder their fare share of the blame for Tottenham's current woes.

Kaboul is one of them; in fact as the captain, the buck - on the pitch at least - should stop with him.

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