Aston Villa-linked Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll shows promise, but he is no Fabian Delph replacement

Tom Carroll low quality

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood sees Tottenham's Tom Carroll as the ideal replacement for former captain Fabian Delph, reports suggest.

Following the shock departure of club captain Fabian Delph, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is set to step up his pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll, according to the Daily Star.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a loan move away from White Hart Lane, with former Spurs boss Sherwood hopeful of taking him to Villa Park.

Sherwood is reportedly a big fan of Carroll, having worked with him at White Hart Lane, and believes Carroll can fill Delph’s boots after the England star performed a shock U-turn to join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Carroll was sent on loan to Swansea City last season, where he made 13 Premier League starts and five substitute appearances without contributing an assist or goal.

Amid speculation linking the Tottenham midfielder with a move to Villa Park, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics. 

 Stats per App TeamGoals ScoredAssistsKey PassesPass Accuracy (%)Tackles WonInterceptions MadeTouchesTimes DispossessedAppsMins Played
Tom Carroll Swansea 0 0 0.38 88% 0.92 0.85 46.38 0.46 13 692
Fabian Delph Aston Villa 0 0.11 1.29 85% 1.68 1.36 78.32 1.54 28 2,434

Despite recording considerably fewer first-team minutes than Delph last term, the comparisons between the English duo are still there to be made.

Delph takes the plaudits based on his contribution in the final third last term. Like Carroll, he was unable to find the back of the net throughout the course of the campaign. However, he proved more creative, fashioning 1.29 key passes per appearance, compared to Carroll's 0.38, while assisting 0.11 goals per match. 

Furthermore, the acquisition of the Spurs man would see Villa fall short defensively, with Delph averaging more successful tackles (1.68 to 0.92) and interceptions (1.36 to 0.85) than Carroll per appearance. Evidently, the Manchester City man is able to offer a far greater level of protection to his side's back-line.

In possession, however, Carroll emerges as the superior player. Not only does he boast the greater pass completion rate (88% success to 85%), he was also found himself dispossessed by an opponent on fewer occasions (0.46 to 1.54). However, it is important to note than Delph was far more involved in each of his cameos, averaging 78 touches per game, compared to Carroll's 46. 

Carroll is a player who continues to show promise, but it would be unfair to expect him to make up for the loss of Delph at Villa Park. The 23-year-old would certainly be an astute signing, at the right price, but with consolidation the target, Sherwood would be best served looking elsewhere with the aim of strengthening his starting line-up.

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