Everton’s Ross Barkley vs Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who comes out on top?

The two are vying for a place as England's number ten, but who has been more impressive in the Premier League so far?

After Ross Barkley’s impressive performances for England during the international break, there are many now questioning whether he should be an automatic starter for the Three Lions.

However, given his preferred position is in the number ten role that sees him in direct competition with captain Wayne Rooney, dislodging the Manchester United talisman will be no easy task.

Rooney was injured and sat out the end of Euro 2016 qualifying, but is set to be fit when United travel to Everton on Saturday, meaning all eyes will be on who comes out on top in a mini-duel between him and Barkley.

We decided to look at their stats for the season so far to find out who has been leading the way.

  SeasonPass SuccessFinal Third Pass SuccesAttempted Assist SuccessBig Chance CreatedGoal AssistGoals
Ross Barkley 2015-2016 359 156 17 4 3 2
Wayne Rooney 2015-2016 290 118 8 1 0 1

First and foremost we’ll start with passing, and it’s a narrow win for the Everton man in this area, as he scores a successful completion rate of 85% compared to Rooney’s score of 84%.

Sticking with passing, Barkley once again comes out on top when it comes to successful passes in the final third, enjoying a score of 85% compared to Rooney’s of 77%.

The only area Rooney emerges victorious is Successful Attempted Assists, with him enjoying a score of 62% compared to Barkley’s 58%. However, the Everton starlet has three assists to his name so far, Rooney has none, while Barkley has also created more big chances this season. 

So then, a clear victory for Barkley in this head-to-head, with him coming out on top in three key areas. Everton fans will be hoping he is on top again on Saturday afternoon.

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