Bacary Sagna: Statistically Manchester City's best defender in the league this season

Taking a closer look at Manchester City's defenders in the league to date.

Manchester City have had a hit-and-miss season and while they remain in with a chance of retaining their Premier League title, it is becoming less likely by the week.

Had Chelsea not clawed their way back against Hull City things could have been very different, but as it is Jose Mourinho’s side are six points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s men heading into the international break.

If City do go on to win the title, they will have their defence to thank as much as their expensively-assembled forward-line, and here we take a look at the club’s best defender in the league so far this season.

Using HITC’s formula to calculate defensive contribution by adding up key attributes, a surprise name comes out on top.

Bacary Sagna may have only played eight league games this season, but based on averages per appearance he beats his more favoured teammates overall.

With a total of 23.51 from seven key defensive areas, the former Arsenal player's form when he does play suggests he should get more chances on the pitch.

Indeed he is streets ahead of most of his City teammates in the areas below with only Eliaquim Mangala getting close to him.

  Outfield blocks per gameTackles won per gameEffective clearances per gameEffective headed clearances per gameDuels won per gameAerials won per gameInterceptions won per gameTotalMins Played
Vincent Kompany 0.62 1.19 4.14 2.33 3.86 1.48 1.95 15.57 1,876
Bacary Sagna 0.5 1.38 4.5 3.63 7.75 5 0.75 23.51 650
Eliaquim Mangala 0.44 1.61 6.5 3.11 5.17 2.44 1.33 20.6 1,604
Martín Demichelis 0.3 1.26 5.22 3.17 5.09 2.61 2.26 19.91 1,839
Gaël Clichy 0.29 2.1 3.43 1.81 5.05 1.1 3.33 17.11 1,878
Pablo Zabaleta 0.23 2.86 2.77 1.95 6.73 2 1.82 18.36 1,956
Aleksandar Kolarov 0.07 1.13 1.47 0.67 3.8 1.07 1.6 9.81 946

Sagna averages the most effective headed clearances per game and he also comes out on top in terms of duels and aerial battles.

When he moved from Arsenal last summer it is fair to say the French international would have expected to feature more regularly, but based on the stats above, when he does play he does not disappoint.

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