Benjamin Mendy and Sead Kolasinac are two among many defensive recruits Premiership League clubs have signed up since the transfer window opened at the beginning of July.
While the pacy former AS Monaco defender Mendy arrived at the Blue side of Manchester for £52 million, a world record fee for a defender, the Gunners acquired the service of their big Bosnian defender on a free transfer.
But football fans know being a good defender does not only reflect in price tags. The stats are all that matter. And we present the stats of these defenders who are expected to shore up the fortunes of their clubs when the season begins in August.
|Tackles per game||2.7|
|Interceptions per game||3|
|Clearances per game||2|
|Dribbled past per game||0.7|
Mesut Ozil on Kolasinac :
“I’ve spoken to a few players who have played with him at Schalke, like Draxler. They said to me that Sead is a really good player with a character that will fit our team.
“What I’ve seen of him on the training pitch so far is that he’s very strong, but character-wise he seems to be a really nice guy. We’re happy to have him on our team.
Wenger on Kolasinac:
“He’s very compact as a player, very strong and determined in the challenges,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He’s good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football
“The game here is very demanding physically on the commitment front and he has the ingredients to adapt to that.
“What he will give us is the fact that he’s a player who can give assists, who can go forward, who can contribute good crosses.
“It’s very important that we have that as well because we have Kieran Gibbs, we have Nacho Monreal and we have him. But Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system. I see him in there.
“So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.”
PHOTO: TWITTER/ MAN CITY
|Tackles per game||2.1|
|Interceptions per game||1.6|
|Clearances per game||2.4|
|Dribbled past per game||0.8|
Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football on the new recruit
“Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player he has a wealth of top-level experience. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our No1 target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.”
French football expert, Julien Laurens on Mendy.
“What can City fans expect? Very much what they saw when he faced him in the Champions League,”
“That really was the time where people at City saw how good he was. He had an incredible last 18 months, especially last season with Monaco.”
“He’s still young and he’s got the engine to go up and down the left-hand side through the whole match. The quality of his crossing is fantastic. He is such a strong and quick player.”
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