Go back to the blog

oulala - Arsenal, Man United or Liverpool need to sign this player to become serious title challengers

Arsenal, Man United or Liverpool need to sign this player to become serious title challengers

Stat Attack | Posted on by
Could Idrissa Gueye be the player Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool need in order to mount a serious Premier League title challenge next season? If stats are anything to go by, the Everton midfielder would make the difference between battling it out for the top four and fighting for the title. 
 
It's no coincidence that Chelsea's jump from 10th to Premier League leaders has coincided with Leicester City's drop from champions to 15th this time round.
 
N'Golo Kante is set to become the first ever player to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs and is arguably the difference between each side's fortunes over the past two seasons. 
 
Ahead of Chelsea's trip to Everton on Sunday, we have taken a look at how midfield enforcer Idrissa Gueye has matched up to Kante statistically in the Premier League this season, following continued comparisons between the pair throughout the campaign. 
 

 
Primarily judged on their ability to break up play and win back possession, tackles and interceptions appear an obvious place to start. 
 
While Kante is considered the Premier League's (and arguably the world's) best defensive midfielder, our stats at Oulala.com show that Gueye has won a tackle more per game (4.4 to 3.4) than Kante and at a slightly better success rate (74% to 73%). Additionally. the duo are level for interceptions per match (2.4). 
 
Another area that Gueye leads Kante is for blocks. The Everton midfielder has averaged 0.3 per game compared to the PFA Player of the Year's 0.1. 
 
A further area we analysed was creativity, with Kante considered to have more strings to his bow than the typical defensively minded midfielder. However, Gueye matches the Frenchman when it comes to key passes per game (0.6) and assists (1). 
 
Although the Senegalese international tops Kante for the stats that matter, the Chelsea man appears the far more rounded of the two, boasting superior numbers for clearances (1.3 to 1) and successful passes per match (55 to 49), as well as a better passing accuracy (89% to 86%). 
 
Kante's passing stats have improved massively since moving from Leicester to Chelsea, which is no surprise due to the difference in the amount of possession the two sides enjoy. Last season Kante was averaging 36 successful passes per game at an accuracy of 82% in a Leicester side that averaged 45% possession. This season that has jumped up to 55 successful passes per game with an accuracy of 89% in a Chelsea team that has averaged 54% possession. 
 
It's pretty feasible that playing in a side that enjoys more possession such as Arsenal (57%), Man United (55.7%) or Liverpool (57.9%) compared to Everton (51.2%), would help improve Gueye's passing stats and in turn, bring him far closer to Kante's overall level on a statistical basis. 
 
While a move from Everton to Liverpool seems highly unlikely, with Abel Xavier the last player to switch clubs in 2002; Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as a host of other top clubs will be fully aware of the difference a player of Gueye's quality would bring to their side.
 
 
 
 
 
Russell Cane
Content Manager
russ@oulala.com
 
Infographics by Rebecca Zammit

Follow Oulala on 
Twitter and Facebook

Oulala is a daily Fantasy Football game with no seasonal commitments, so if you thought your season as a top flight manager was over, think again! To find out more click here or to register and play via Facebook now click here

 

Share