Southampton’s Wanyama vs Stoke City’s Whelan who has been better this season?

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The two defensive midfielders are key to their sides, but who has performed better so far this season?

This weekend sees Southampton host Stoke City in what is a clash between two of the Premier League’s more ambitious sides.

Southampton have continued to impress under Ronald Koeman, while Stoke are keen to maintain their improvement under Mark Hughes in recent seasons.

Two players who play big parts in both sides are the defensive midfielders, providing the stable base which allows others to thrive.

Victor Wanyama does that job for the Saints, while Glenn Whelan has earned praise for doing it for the Potters.

But who has been better so far this season? We decided to take a look at the stats to find out.

  SeasonTotal Pass per GameAccurate Pass per GameUnsuccessful Touch per GameWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameOutfielder Block per Game
Glenn Whelan 2015-2016 55.1 48 0.4 1.7 2.1 0.8
Victor Wanyama 2015-2016 46.9 38.8 0.8 1.9 3.1 0.3

And it’s a clear win for Whelan, who comes out on top in four of the six categories we looked at.

The Stoke star has enjoyed more passes per game as well as more accurate passes per game than Wanyama so far. He has also enjoyed fewer unsuccessful touches per game.

Defensively, though, it is Wanyama who is superior, as he has registered more successful tackles per game as well as more won interceptions than Whelan.

The latter does, however, manage to come out on top when it comes to outfielder blocks per game.

A win for Whelan in this head to head then, and he’ll be hoping it’s the same in this weekend’s clash as another important three points are put on the line.

*article edited for inaccuracies

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