Head-to-head: Are Tottenham better with Jan Vertonghen or Kevin Wimmer?

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is closing on a return for Tottenham Hotspur, but are they better with Kevin Wimmer?

Jan Vertonghen v Kevin Wimmer: Head to Head: Two centre-backs compared on a per game basis
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The biggest challenge to Tottenham Hotspur's impressive season was posed in late January when star defender Jan Vertonghen went down with a knee injury.

Vertonghen suffered a MCL injury which has kept him out of action ever since, but he is closing on a return, with The London Evening Standard reporting he is in contention to return in the upcoming game against Liverpool in early April.

The added bonus for Spurs is the way summer signing Kevin Wimmer has deputised in his absence, slotting in seamlessly for the club alongside Toby Alderweireld at the back.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has a decision to make, whether to put Vertonghen straight in - with Wimmer staking a strong case to keep his place in the starting line-up.

A comparison of the two players across Premier League games played this season shows that while Vertonghen betters Wimmer in terms of individual statistics like tackles won, and interceptions won - Spurs are actually better off with Wimmer, conceding fewer goals per match and winning more points per game.

The sample size for Vertonghen is bigger, 23 matches versus nine, but the figures show that there is no desperate need for Spurs to bring the Belgian back in for such a big game at Anfield, and that they can may even be better off with Austrian defender Wimmer.

  Tackles wonInterceptionsAerial battles wonShots blockedGoals ConcededClean SheetsPointsAppearances
Jan Vertonghen 1.3 2.3 2.04 0.74 0.83 0.3 1.83 23
Kevin Wimmer 0.33 1.89 0.89 0.78 0.56 0.44 2.44 9
 

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