Stats: Should Stephen Warnock expect to start for Derby County?

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We take a look a look at whether current Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock should get a starting role at Derby County.

Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock is reportedly close to completing a transfer to promotion favourites Derby County, but should he expect to oust current first choice left-back Craig Forsyth from the starting line?

On Monday, the Derbyshire Telegraph announced the Rams are close to sealing a deal to land the Leeds captain on a free transfer, but will first wait to see the full extent of the ankle injury he picked up, ironically, at the iPro Stadium before giving the green light on the deal.

The potential transfer has been given the thumbs up by the majority of Derby supporters, but the question was rightfully asked whether he will be a starter with the East Midland's club or simply back-up to the ever-present Forsyth. 

We've taken a look at the statistics to try and determine whether Warnock will, or should, oust Forsyth as the number one left back in Steve McClaren's side or whether he will simply be a viable option when needed in certain games.

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As the statistics show, the Derby defender has been more active, having made the greater amount of touches, along with the greater number of aerial battles and duals won.

Forsyth has played more minutes, and despite this, Warnock has won more interceptions and an equal number of tackles.

The former England defender has proven to be a lot less wasteful than Forsyth this season, having lost possession 276 times less, and has shown that he is more efficient in tackles and making interceptions.

Nevertheless, only Steve McClaren knows the answer to the question, but the statistics do show that it could be a close, hard-fought battle to get a place on the pitch rather than the bench, and he will have to earn a spot rather than instantly expect it.

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