Perfectly reasonable alternatives to Yann M’Vila in central midfield

by 2 years ago · 1 minute read

This is just a quick comparison table between Yann M’Vila and other defensive-minded central midfielders across Europe with similar statistics. Not specifically defensive or holding midfielders, but rather any player with a defensive edge comfortable playing in central midfield. If you want to add a player to the list, request it in the comments section below.

Click on the headers to sort the columns. All fields except ‘Ass.’ (assists), ‘Age’ and ‘Pass %’ (pass accuracy) are numbers PER GAME. Statistics displayed are the categories we feel a defensive-minded midfielder playing in the Song/Wilshere/Arteta role should have good levels in. Fields ‘Trn’ (turnovers) and ‘Disp’ (dispossessed) are negative; lower is better.

As always, all numbers and statistics originating from Opta, via WhoScored.

Player Age Tackles Int Clr Assists Shots Key P Disp Trn Passes Pass % Long Thru
Yann M’Vila 22 3.1 2.5 1.7 2 0.7 1.1 0.7 0.8 71.8 83.2% 7.7 0.3
Alex Song 24 2.9 1.9 1.2 11 0.4 1.4 1.6 1 66.1 84.3% 3.3 0.7
Yohan Cabaye 26 3.4 2.6 1 6 1.5 1.6 0.8 0.9 42.7 80.4% 2.8 0.2
Lee Cattermole 24 3.7 3.3 1.1 0 0.6 0.3 0.9 0.7 37.3 81.4% 3.9 0
Alejandro Faurlin 25 4.5 2.3 1.9 0 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.4 57.4 81.3% 6.2 0.2
Arturo Vidal 25 5.4 2.2 1.4 3 2.3 1.5 2.2 1.1 57 85.1% 3 0.5
Marouane Fellaini 24 2.9 1.6 2 4 1.6 0.7 2 0.9 52.6 79.7% 2.4 0
Gokhan Inler 28 2.8 2 0.9 4 1.3 0.9 1 0.9 49.6 86.5% 7.2 0.3
Fernando Gago 26 2.3 2.5 1.2 3 1.3 1.4 1.3 0.9 60.1 85.4% 5.7 0.4
Riccardo Montolivo 27 3.4 3 2.2 2 1.6 1.3 1.7 1.1 65.4 80.9% 6.6 0.3
Bruno 28 2.8 5.6 2.1 1 0.5 0.8 0.7 0.4 69.9 87.9% 5.4 0.1
Jeremy Toulalan * 28 5.3 5.3 1.2 0 0.5 0.3 0.9 0.6 50.5 78.9% 3 0
Gabi 29 3.4 3.4 0.5 5 1.4 2.1 1.3 1.2 54.2 81.4% 5.8 0.1
Lars Bender 23 3.5 3.4 0.9 3 0.9 0.9 1.4 0.7 45.8 82.6% 2.1 0.1
Ilkay Gundogan 21 2.8 2.3 0.4 3 1.3 1.2 1.8 0.9 47.9 85.1% 5.1 0.2
Moussa Sissoko * 22 1.5 1.3 0.6 3 1.7 1.2 2.2 1.7 39.1 76.9% 1.5 0.1
Renaud Cohade 27 3.1 1.9 1.3 5 1.7 1.6 2.2 1.8 54.7 80.5% 4.1 0.1
Etienne Capoue 24 2.8 3.5 3 4 1.5 0.9 1.6 1.1 60.5 76.5% 5 0.3
Etienne Didot 29 2.6 2.5 0.7 2 1.2 2.4 2.3 1.5 51.8 75.3% 2.3 0.3
Cheik Tiote 26 2.8 2.5 1.4 1 1.2 0.5 2.9 1.3 58.4 83.2% 4 0
Francis Coquelin * 21 3.2 1.9 1.4 1 0.1 0.4 2.2 0.2 39.3 84.7% 2.1 0.1
Moussa Dembele * 25 3.1 0.9 0.6 2 1.6 1.4 1.9 1.1 46.7 88.6% 1.3 0.1
Radja Nainggolan * 24 3.9 2.5 2.1 2 1.7 0.8 2.1 1.4 44.8 85.6% 4.4 0.1
Nuri Sahin (2010-2011) 23 3.7 2.3 0.5 8 2.0 3.5 1.5 0.9 59.3 75.9% 5.5 0.3

* Requested player

Judging by the stats displayed here, interesting targets would be Alejandro Faurlin (25y, Queens Park Rangers), Yohan Cabaye (26y, Newcastle), Gabi (28y, Atletico Madrid), Bruno (28y, Villarreal) and Etienne Capoue (23y, Toulouse).

Update 27 July 2012: After rumours about Nuri Sahin being Arsenal-bound, we added him to the bottom of the list. But as he only made two appearances for Real Madrid last season, we included his stats from the 2010-2011 season with Dortmund. Easy to see why Real Madrid bought him, his stats are fantastic.

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  • jp

    what about KPB isnt he a DM

  • jp

    kevin prince boateng

  • Baz_

    how about adding Lucas Biglia, as he seems to be a rumoured player

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com/ Ix Techau

    No stats available for Belgian league.

  • COGunner

    Fredy Guarín