Jan Vertonghen vs Winston Reid: One player trumps the other in five key areas

How do Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen and West Ham United’s Winston Reid compare statistically?

Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United on Sunday in what should be an interesting battle between two London clubs with plenty to play for.

Aside from the three points at stake and the possibility of gaining ground on the top four, there is an intriguing side story of sorts involving Hammers defender Winston Reid.

The New Zealand international’s contract is expiring in the summer and reports in the Mirror earlier this month suggested that a lucrative move to White Hart Lane is a real possibility.

“Winston Reid is set to quit West Ham and join Tottenham for nothing in the summer. Hammers defender Reid, 26, will get a £60,000-a-week deal to move to West Ham’s bitter rivals when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season,” the report claimed.

Following his return from a recent hamstring problem, Reid is expected to play on Sunday but before then we take a look at how he compares with current Spurs ace Jan Vertonghen.

  Tackles per GameEffective Clearances per GameInterceptions per GameBall Recoveries per Game% of Aerial Duels Won per Game% Pass CompletionAppearancesMins Played
Jan Vertonghen 1.29 6.57 2.1 5 69.1% 86.2% 21 1,820
Winston Reid 1.14 9 1.77 3.68 68.4% 79.5% 22 1,865

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Belgian international has so far this season proven to be the more commanding of the two as he trumps Reid in as many as five important categories.

The Lilywhites' captain averages 1.29 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and five ball recoveries per match – numbers which exceed Reid’s averages in the same categories.

One area where the Hammers centre-back comes out on top is in effective clearances, a trait which is important when facing off against teams who exert a lot of pressure.

However, arguably the most surprising statistic between the two is Vertonghen’s ability to win more aerial duels – marginally beating the former Midtjylland man with a 69.1% average despite his shorter frame.

In possession, the Spurs man comes out on top again – averaging an 86.2% pass completion rate, though this could be slightly unfair on Reid as he plays in a side who are more direct.

These stats may prove to mean very little come this Sunday, but in regards to a potential future transfer they could be important as Pochettino assesses whether Reid can improve his backline or not.

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