Tyler Blackett v Calum Chambers: Arsenal's £16m signing compared to United academy star

How do Arsenal and Manchester United's youngsters compare?



Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett could return to action for the club against Arsenal to help solve their injury crisis.

The England youth international has been a breakthrough star under Louis van Gaal this campaign, having been out on loan at Birmingham City last season.

His start for the Red Devils has been comparable to the player Arsenal spent £16 million on signing, Calum Chambers.

  Tackles / GameInterceptions / GameBlocked Cross / GameClearances / GameGoals Conceded / GamePassing AccuracyWon Headers %Red CardsAppearances
Calum Chambers 2.4 1.7 0.4 4.1 0.9 87% 57.69 0 10
Tyler Blackett 0.67 2.5 0.17 4.83 1.17 88% 61.54 1 6

Like Chambers, Blackett has been shuffled around in differing defensive roles, and at 20, is just eight months older than the Arsenal star.

While Chambers is by far a more prolific tackler, but Blackett comes out on top in terms of interceptions, and making clearances. His United side have however conceded more goals per game.

Blackett wins a higher percentage of his headers than Chambers, but also has one red card against his name - received against Leicester City, which cost him his place in the side.

Now with Marcos Rojo out injured, he could be ready to return, and with Alexis Sanchez to defend against along with former teammate Danny Welbeck, he may be in for his biggest test yet.

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