New Tottenham addition Victor Wanyama vs Nemanja Matic: One superior in three key areas

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

A look at how new Tottenham addition and Chelsea ace compare.

Victor Wanyama's move to Tottenham was confirmed by the club last night, becoming their very first summer signing.

The Kenyan ace has been at Southampton since 2013 and will aim to settle instantly at Tottenham.

Wanyama has been performing at a high level for the Saints over the past year, and figures show that defensively, he outperformed Chelsea ace Nemanja Matic, regarded as one of, if not the best, players in the position in the Premier League.

  TeamPassing AccuracyWon Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameBall Recoveries per gameKey Passes per gameGoalsAppearances
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 88% 1.91 2.03 6.91 0.58 2 33
Victor Wanyama Southampton 82% 2.37 2.27 8.33 0.53 1 30

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic in action in action with Liverpool's Roberto FirminoChelsea's Nemanja Matic in action in action with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino

While Nemanja Matic has a narrowly higher pass completion rate (88 per cent to 82 per cent), Wanyama performs better in three key areas.

He records more tackles, more interceptions and more ball recoveries per game than the Chelsea ace, demonstrating his not just his combative nature and willingness to get stuck in, but an effectiveness in doing so.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Tottenham's players are looking forward to exacting revenge over Chelsea after they ended their title challenge last season - and took pleasure in doing so.

With Wanyama on board they have a player who will make them even more fearsome, added into the mix with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele.

As good as Matic is, Chelsea will need to make sure he has extra help alongside him when he takes on Tottenham next season.

Tottenham and Chelsea players clashTottenham and Chelsea players clash


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