Is Jordan Veretout a better attacking-midfield option for Tottenham than Christian Eriksen?

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Nantes' Jordan Veretout.

Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout has emerged as a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to L'Equipe.

Reports suggest Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is impressed with his performances and is lining up a £10.6 million bid for his services.

In light of intense rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League, earlier this month, Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita had his say on the player's future.

Indeed, having previously stated that Veretout was not for sale, this week he publicly admitted, according to L'Equipe, that the Frenchman would be sold if his wage demands were too high.

Amid speculation linking the Nantes midfielder with a move to White Hart Lane, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics.

Veretout, who operates most commonly as a central-attacking midfielder, would no doubt find himself competing with fan favourite Christian Eriksen for a place in Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up, but is he an upgrade on the Danish international?

Eriksen scored more goals per game in the Premier League (0.26) compared to Veretout's efforts in Ligue Un (0.19) last term, while he also fashioned more attempts at goal (2.55 to 1.44) than his French counterpart and potential team-mate.

However, while the Tottenham man also proved more prolific in a creative sense, fashioning more chances via key passes per appearance (2.13 to 1.83), it was the Nantes midfielder who assisted his team-mates on a more regular basis, setting-up 0.17 goals per game compared to Eriksen's 0.05.

Nonetheless, the Frenchman's passing ability is trumped by Eriksen both in quantity (34 passes per game) and accuracy (80% success rate), with the former Ajax man recording a mean 82% completion rate, while averaging 42 passes per match, across his league appearances.

Defensively, however, Veretout seemingly offers the greater level of protection.

Having won 1.56 tackles per match, compared to Eriksen's 1.05, he is responsible for winning the ball more often that Eriksen on an average match-day. Furthermore, he also proved the more prolific in terms of his ability to intercept opposition advances (1.33 to 0.63). 

In an attacking capacity few in the Premier League compare to Christian Eriksen and - as has been shown in the above comparison - it is only in a defensive sense that he is bettered by the heavily-linked Veretout. 

At just 23 years of age, the Denmark international is already the key man at White Hart Lane, even more so than Harry Kane, and it is unlikely he will be displaced in Pochettino's starting-eleven anytime soon.

Despite Veretout's obvious ability, the Lilywhites would be better placed investing elsewhere this summer. 

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