Five stats: Southampton complete loan for QPR's Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker has joined Southampton on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Southampton yesterday completed the season-long loan signing of Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker. 

Caulker started his career at Tottenham but has been relegated from the Premier League in the past two seasons with Cardiff City and QPR respectively.

He is expected to fill the defensive void left by Toby Alderweireld's move to Tottenham and the serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos.

The 23-year-old has been allocated the No 26 shirt at St Mary's, where the season starts with Thursday's Europa League tie against Vitesse Arnhem. Following the Englishman's return to the Premier League, here are a few stats...

74 - Only one defender (Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic 74) has made more Premier League appearances in the last two seasons than Steven Caulker (73).

672 - Meanwhile, only Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (722) and Swansea's Ashley Williams (686) have made more clearances in the last two Premier League seasons than the 23-year-old (672).

4.2  -  Having won 4.2 aerial duels per game, no defender among Queens Park Rangers or Southampton's ranks won more headers per average appearance than Caulker. Richard Dunne proved his closest competitor (2.7 per game).

1.1 - However, having won just 1.1 tackles per match, the Englishman ranks last in this key area, compared to the central defenders at St. Mary's and Loftus Road last season.

1 - Caulker averaged one block per appearance for Queens Park Rangers last term; a total only bettered by Dunne (1.2). Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld (0.8) proved his closest competitor at Southampton. 

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