Baumgartlinger v Song: How West Ham's reported target compares with loan star

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Comparing an alleged West Ham United target with the player he is being tipped to replace.

According to a report from the Mirror, West Ham United are monitoring Mainz midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger as a potential replacement for loanee Alex Song next season.

The 27-year-old Austrian has played 96 times for the Bundesliga club but his current contract expires in the summer and he looks like moving on.

With 31 senior caps for Austria and plenty of experience, Baumgartlinger could be a savvy addition to West Ham’s squad, but how do his recent league performances compare with Song’s?

  Passing AccuracyGoalsGoal AssistsTackles per gameInterceptions per gameEffective clearances per gameOutfield blocks per gameKey passes per gameMins Played
Julian Baumgartlinger 83.5% 0 0 3.1 2.2 1.8 0.2 0.7 1,602
Alex Song 76% 0 1 2.45 1.45 1.09 0.32 0.91 1,802

As you can see from the statistics above, the alleged West Ham target has a much better passing accuracy in the league, with 83.5 per cent compared with Song’s 76 per cent.

The Austrian also averages more tackles, interceptions and effective clearances than the player he is being tipped to replace.

The West Ham loanee does however come out on top in terms of assists, outfield blocks and key passes per game.

With West Ham reportedly not willing to turn Song’s temporary move from Barcelona into a permanent deal, Baumgartlinger would be an interesting and cheap alternative.

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