Has Manchester United’s Daley Blind improved upon last year at Ajax?

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The Netherlands player says the Premier League has made him a better player, but have his stats improved on last year?

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United’s Daley Blind believes the Premier League has made him a better player.

The Dutchman joined Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after they had worked together at the World Cup in Brazil, bringing an end to a 16-year association with Dutch side Ajax.

The 25-year-old has proved to be something of a utility man for his new side, starting the season as a defensive midfielder but having recently played the last two games against Tottenham and Liverpool in the left-back slot.

According to Blind, the pace of the Premier League has forced him to step up and become a better player in the process. We decided to compare his stats with last season to see if that’s the case.

First and foremost we’re using Squawka for these stats and his numbers from the Premier League were harder to come by than his ones from the Eredivisie, so that is a factor to bear in mind with the results. 

Anyway, it seems last season Blind had a better total score from the site, with a total of 904 compared to this season’s tally of 560.

His defensive score follows a similar pattern, with a score of 297 at Ajax compared to 222 this season, while his possession number is also worse this year, with a tally of 176 to last year’s 371. One stat that is the same is his pass completion, with both ranking at 88%.

The stats remain in favour of last season elsewhere as well, with him having created 37 chances last season compared this season's 12, while he also has more tackles won, 64 to 33, and a higher number of interceptions, with 76 last year compared to 63 this year.

So then, quite shockingly, it seems that Blind was better in every category last season at Ajax than he has been at Manchester United this year, despite what he may think. As always though, stats can be misleading and there’s no denying Blind has proved a decent acquisition.

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