Comparing Leicester's Ritchie De Laet to Tottenham's Kyle Naughton

We take a closer look at the Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur full-backs' performances in the league this season.

Naughton V De Laet

According to Sky Sports sources, Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Naughton has been the subject of a £3million bid from Premier League rivals Leicester City.

The report goes on to suggest that Spurs rate the player more highly than that so it remains to be seen if a deal will be concluded this month. But it has prompted us to take a closer look at his Premier League performances this season compared with a player whose place he could take at the King Power Stadium – Ritchie De Laet.

As you can see from the statistics above, the Leicester player has featured far more than his Tottenham counterpart but we have considered averages per match to ensure a fair analysis.

Naughton has a better passing accuracy - 79 per cent compared with De Laet’s 71 per cent - in the league this season. But that stat aside, the only other area above where the Spurs man outperforms his rival is in terms of accurate crosses per game.

The Leicester player averages more clearances, interceptions, tackles, dribbles and key passes per match, although the two clubs' positions in the league must be taken into account.

Leicester have been on the back foot more often than Tottenham this season, which would go a long way to explaining some of De Laet’s defensive stats.

That said, it will be interesting to see who will be first-choice right-back at Leicester if Naughton does make the move. After all, we haven’t even mentioned Danny Simpson…

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