How Gareth Barry compared to Everton-linked Jordy Clasie last season

Southampton's Jordy Clasie (L) in action against Groningen's Tom Hiariej

The Southampton midfielder has been linked with a move to Everton alongside Ronald Koeman.

Southampton's Jordy Clasie (L) in action against Groningen's Tom Hiariej

According to the Mirror, Everton are interested in a move for Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie.

The Blues are expected to complete a move for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, having pushed hard for his signature over the last week.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Several Saints stars have already been linked with potentially joining him in moving to Goodison Park, and Clasie is reportedly among them.

Should the Dutchman move to Merseyside, he would likely be a replacement for Gareth Barry, who at 35 is very much coming towards the end of his career.

But would Clasie represent an upgrade on the veteran midfielder? We decided to compare their stats over this past season.

  TeamWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameDuel Won per GamePoss Won Mid 3rd per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GamePassing AccuracyTouches per gameAppearances
Gareth Barry Everton 2.06 1.61 5.85 3.88 7.24 51.12 82% 77.52 33
Jordy Clasie Southampton 1.68 2.5 2.82 3.09 5.45 28.45 82% 45.55 22

And it proved to be a comprehensive victory for Barry as he came out on top in six of the eight areas that we looked at.

On a per game basis the Everton star managed to win more tackles and more defensive duels, as well as winning the ball back more and posting more ball recoveries.

Gareth Barry celebrates with Ramiro Funes Mori after scoring the first goal for Everton

He also managed more accurate passes per game and enjoyed a better overall passing accuracy, as well as posting more touches per game.

It was not all bad news for Clasie though, as he did come out on top when it came to interceptions won per game and the two players shared the same passing accuracy.

Of course, Barry managed 11 more appearances across the season so perhaps the results would have been closer, but for now at least perhaps Koeman should reconsider any potential plans to bring Clasie to Goodison Park.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with Southampton's Jordy Clasie

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