Comparing Djed Spence’s 2021-22 stats to Arsenal’s current full-backs

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Djed Spence playing for Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship. City Ground, December 2021.

Arsenal are looking to bolster their defence in the January transfer window and have reportedly identified Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence.

Spence, who is spending this season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has also been linked with Tottenham, Leeds United, Roma and Inter Milan.

The 21-year-old recently impressed in Forest’s 1-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, managing to keep Gabriel Martinelli very quiet at the City Ground and even bursting forward with some incredible speed and skill.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are looking for a replacement for Hector Belleriin and Spence would cost around £10million.

We’ve compared Spence’s stats from the 2021-22 Championship season with the corresponding Premier League stats of Arsenal’s current full-backs. 

Note: we’ve not included stats from Spence’s three appearances for Middlesbrough. We’ve also left out Cedric due to his lack of appearances this season.

Goals
Djed Spence – 1
Kieran Tierney – 1
Nuno Tavares – 0
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 0

Assists
Kieran Tierney – 3
Nuno Tavares – 1
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 1
Djed Spence – 0

Shots per 90 minutes
Nuno Tavares – 2.0
Kieran Tierney – 0.9
Djed Spence – 0.7
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 0.6

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Nuno Tavares – 2.2 (56.4%)
Djed Spence – 1.9 (51.3%)
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 0.5 (62.5%)
Kieran Tierney – 0.5 (41.6%)

Fouls won per 90 minutes
Nuno Tavares – 1.3
Djed Spence – 1.2
Kieran Tierney – 1.0
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 0.6

Passes per 90 minutes (success rate)
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 48.9 (79.3%)
Nuno Tavares – 48.3 (82.5%)
Djed Spence – 40.7 (74.5%)
Kieran Tierney – 35.8 (80.9%)

Chances created per 90 minutes
Kieran Tierney – 1.0
Djed Spence – 0.8
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 0.7
Nuno Tavares – 0.6

Tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 1.9 (79.1%)
Djed Spence – 1.6 (72.7%)
Nuno Tavares – 1.5 (88.2%)
Kieran Tierney – 0.8 (88.8%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Djed Spence – 1.6
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 1.2
Nuno Tavares – 0.7
Kieran Tierney – 0.5

Clearances per 90 minutes
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 2.8
Nuno Tavares – 2.5
Kieran Tierney – 2.0
Djed Spence – 1.1


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