Stats show Liam Bridcutt would be a superb signing for Aston Villa

Leeds Bridcutt

The Sunderland midfielder is reportedly being eyed as a replacement for Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout.

Leeds Bridcutt

Sunderland outcast Liam Bridcutt is reportedly a transfer target for Aston Villa this summer according to the Birmingham Mail.

The midfielder impressed while on loan at Leeds United last season and he is expected to depart the Black Cats on a permanent basis this summer as he does not a feature in manager Sam Allardyce’s plans.

Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez wearing a protective mask

Reports have indicated that Villa are eyeing him as a replacement for Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout, who are closing in on exits from Villa Park.

And the stats show that he would be a superb addition for Roberto di Matteo’s side this summer.

Of the eight statistical areas we looked at, Bridcutt came out on top in no fewer than six categories.

  PositionTeamWon Tackle per GameInterceptions Won per GameDuel Won per GamePoss Won Mid 3rd per GameBall Recoveries per GameEffective Clearance per GameAccurate Passes per GamePass SuccessAppearances
Jordan Veretout MF Aston Villa 0.9 1.0 3.2 2.1 4.2 0.5 32.9 83% 25
Liam Bridcutt MF Leeds 1.96 2.4 6.17 3.8 7.2 0.7 45.9 81% 24
Carlos Sánchez MF Aston Villa 1.9 2.2 5.1 3.3 5.9 1.1 31.9 81% 20

On a per game basis, Bridcutt won more tackles, more interceptions and more defensive duels than Sanchez and Veretout.

He also won the ball in the midfield third more often and posted more ball recoveries than they managed, while he also posted more accurate passes on a per game basis.

Liverpool's James Milner in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout

Sanchez was slightly better when it came to effective clearances, while Veretout came out on top in terms of passing success.

Nonetheless, a comfortable victory for Bridcutt, who on this evidence would be a superb signing for Villa.

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