How does Ross Barkley compare statistically to Spurs’ midfielders?

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could be heading to Tottenham this summer – but how do the midfielder’s statistics measure up to those of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen?

Reports suggest Spurs are keen to land the England international, who is in the last year of his contract at Goodison Park, but they could have to pay up to £40million for his services.

The Daily Mirror suggests that Barkley will have to drop his wage demands to join Tottenham, with the north London club unwilling to break their pay structure to accommodate the 23-year-old.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, however, says he is “100 per cent” certain that Barkley will leave Merseyside this summer, with the newspaper claiming he is “desperate” to join Tottenham.

So, will Barkley have enough to compete with Eriksen and Alli? Here’s what the stats say…

Goals and Assists

In 36 Premier League appearances last season, Barkley recorded a healthy total of five goals and eight assists from midfield – exceeded by both Alli and Eriksen, all be it in a more successful team. Alli bagged 18 goals and one less assist than Barkley (seven), while Eriksen scored eight and set up his team-mates an impressive 15 times.

Unsurprisingly, Eriksen (137.6) and Alli (121.8) come out ahead of Barkley’s record of a goal or assist every 223.7 minutes.

Passing and Attacking

Eriksen attempts the most shots per game of the trio (3.7) with Alli only trying his luck on 2.5 occasions and Barkley even less on 2.4 – making Alli’s goal ratio even more impressive.

Assist statistics, meanwhile, can often be distorted. A player could create plenty of chances only for team-mates to let them go to waste, and Barkley ranks highly among his potential competition.

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The Toffees midfielder created 82 chances for his team-mates, while Alli only provided 51 scoring opportunities for his colleagues. But neither could better the creative force of Eriksen (111).

Barkley’s unpredictability and dynamism will be key reasons why Mauricio Pochettino is interested in bringing him to north London. It’s Alli that tries the most dribbles each match with 3.5 attempted, compared with Barkley (2.8) and Eriksen (1.7). However, it’s Barkley that is the most successful, completing 1.7 per match, while Eriksen (0.8) and Alli (1.4) lag behind.

Another area where Barkley shines is ball retention. He has an impressive average passing accuracy of 83%, ahead of Alli on 81% and Eriksen on 80%.

Defensive Contributions

Tottenham boss Pochettino requires his players to work hard with and without the ball, and it’s unlikely to be any different next season.

Barkley and Alli are neck-and-neck when it comes to interceptions with both players making 0.3 per match, which is lower than Denmark international Eriksen (0.6).

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The stats show that Barkley doesn’t like to get stuck in as much as his Tottenham rivals as he only attempts 1.9 tackles a match in comparison to Alli and Eriksen, who both attempt a tackle 2.6 times a game.

However, Barkley still managed to pick up five bookings, one more than Alli and five more than Eriksen, who maintained a squeaky clean record.

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