By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 7th February 2019
Tottenham have been linked with summer transfer swoops for two exciting young British attacking midfield talents in recent days – David Brooks of Bournemouth and Leicester’s James Maddison.
Both have been earning rave reviews in their freshman Premier League campaigns, providing an impressive array of goals and assists considering their inexperience at the highest level.
Brooks leads Maddison by six top-flight strikes to five, despite having played 133 less minutes of football in the division, while the pair have mustered four set-ups apiece.
However, below the most obvious of statistics, there’s more nuance to be found…
Brooks vs Maddison: some illuminating statistics
It’s the Cherries upstart, currently out for four weeks with an ankle injury, who has the edge here, with his six league goals coming from an average of just 1.6 shots per game, compared to the Foxes man’s 2.1.
He’s also more of a threat in the air, with six headed efforts this term compared to just one from Maddison.
When it comes to distribution however, it’s the Leicester talent who appears to have the edge, averaging 2.5 key passes (those that lead to goalscoring chances) an outing, compared to a more moderate one from Brooks.
He also averages more passes per game (5.6 to Brooks’ 25) at a greater degree of accuracy (82.8% completed compared to 72.1% for the Welshman), more crosses (1.5 to 0.3) and more long passes (2.2 to 0.5).
Maddison appears to take more responsibility for the ball in-game, while the numbers suggest his passing is also more versatile, more accurate and more creative.
With participation in the press an all-important characteristic of Spurs players under Mauricio Pochettino, defensive stats are equally important to consider and here there’s not much to separate the pair of potential transfer targets.
Both average 1.3 tackles per game, with Brooks holding a slight edge in interceptions per outing (0.8 to 0.3).
Take away league goals and assists by Maddison this term and Claude Puel’s side would be four points worse off, with his match-winning goal at Stamford Bridge arguably his most decisive contribution of the season.
Wales international Brooks’ direct goal contributions have won Bournemouth six points this term, with his brace in the 2-0 home win over Brighton the most recent example.