Lescott reacts to West Brom award, stats prove City should've kept him

The Baggies defender was voted the club's player of the year. Will Manchester City regret letting him go?

Joleon Lescott has had the odd bad game for West Brom this season. On the whole, however, the 32-year-old has been a solid performer for the Midlands club.

That's exactly why the veteran was voted the Baggies' player of the year - and an 'honoured' Lescott reacted on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

And the former Manchester City defender certainly deserves his award.

 Premier League ClearancesInterceptionsTackleHeadersMinutes Played
Joleon Lescott 201 72 44 71 2,970
Craig Dawson 180 52 37 104 2,501
Gareth McAuley 141 42 19 75 1,982
Chris Brunt 82 65 52 50 2,805
Andre Wisdom 66 30 20 18 1,971

As Opta stats show, Lescott has made more clearances than any other West Brom player in the Premier League this season, with the same going for his interceptions.

The 32-year-old has also won 44 tackles and dominated in the air, playing more minutes than a lot of his team-mates.

Will Manchester City regret letting the veteran go? The decision to bring in big-money summer signing Eliaquim Mangala and let Lescott go for free may not look so wise now...

 (Per Game) ClearancesInterceptionsTacklesHeadersMinutes Played
Joleon Lescott 6.09 2.18 1.33 2.15 2,970
Eliaquim Mangala 5.88 1.58 1.38 2.08 2,099

Compared to Manchester City's current centre-back, the West Brom man comes out on top in three out of four key defensive areas.

And perhaps the factor that pushes it over the line in Lescott's favour: City could have kept him on without spending a penny...

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