Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose and Arsenal’s Calum Chambers were both excellent on Saturday as their respective teams claimed much-needed Premier League victories.
Spurs bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat at Manchester United with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester City - striker Harry Kane grabbing his first Premier League hat-trick in the process.
The Gunners also claimed victory on Saturday as they overcame Newcastle United 2-1 thanks to a first-half Olivier Giroud brace.
The two north London-based strikers will rightfully earn the plaudits for notching the goals, but two players who were also outstanding were Spurs’ Danny Rose and the Gunners versatility man Calum Chambers.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players performed to an impressive standard and come out on top in differing categories crucial to a full-back’s role in the team.
Rose has been offered the chance to make Spurs’ left-back slot his own this season and a run of consistent performances have prompted a much-deserved England call-up this week.
Against Leicester he kept up his impressively high standards of late, recording five tackles, three interceptions, five effective clearances and 14 defensive duel wins – just three shy of Chambers.
Moreover, the 24-year-old has proved to be reliable and efficient when in possession as he recorded as many as 50 accurate passes with an overall success rate of 83%.
Chambers, a summer import from fellow Premier League top four hopefuls Southampton, has been used in a number of positions across the back four by Arsenal so far this season.
But with Mathieu Debuchy absent with a long-term injury and Hector Bellerin still largely inexperienced, the young England international has the opportunity to nail down the Gunners’ right-back berth.
Against the Magpies, he was in fine form and, under heavy second-half pressure, he recorded in total eight tackles, four interceptions, six aerial wins and an astonishing 17 defensive duel wins.
From a defensive perspective Chambers’ performance slightly outshines Rose, but after the latter was drafted into the England squad owing to an injury to Luke Shaw, it is the Spurs man who was the ultimate winner this weekend.