Based on a recent debate on this site about Yohan Cabaye and how effective he actually is in comparison to Danny Guthrie, I wanted to do some digging and see what I found.
Below are a range of statistics covering four areas.. general.. passing… attacking… and defensive.
The left column compares the stats as you will find on most statistic sites, but often I find that playing time can have an effect on how accurate they are in comparing two players.
For that reason I have included a second set of columns on the right, which compares Cabaye and Guthrie as if they played the same amount of minutes, Guthrie obviously playing less so his stats adjusted accordingly.
Anyway see what you make of them…
I could disect the stats shown and rant on all day about what makes who better, but would be interested to hear other people’s take on it, what stands out to them etc.
Obviously based on the simple scoring system I have done, Cabaye seems the better player on both fronts, even with Guthrie’s stats adjusted to match playing time, but personally I was surprised to see how close it was between the two.
Personally I think Cabaye is a much better all round player and a better partner for Tiote. Hopefully by next season we should see him at his very best and there would be no comparison between himself and Guthrie, but for now, there realistically is not a whole lot between them on face value.
Makes you wonder, could we be making a big mistake in letting Guthrie go if a contract is not sorted out, and if he does go, would we be able to get a player as good without having to fork out a decent sum?
Another question it arose for me was, should we be playing three in midfield to accommodate both, as a lot of the big sides do, and would it bring the best out of Cabaye to have another player there to sit with Tiote, in-turn allowing him to push up and be that Fabregas or Nolan style midfielder we all expected him to be upon signing?
Anyway, food for thought and some surprisingly close stats in there. As always, all comments and insight much appreciated.