Comparing Rodrigo Bentancur’s 21-22 stats to Tottenham’s midfielders

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Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur against Cagliari in Turin, Italy, December 2021.

It’s been a frustrating transfer window for everybody associated with Tottenham but they’ve still managed to secure the signing of midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus.

Bentancur moves to north London on a permanent deal for a fee of around £20million and will bolster Antonio Conte’s midfield.

The Uruguay international spent four-and-a-half years at the Serie A giants and was a target for Aston Villa earlier in the transfer window.

Since joining Juventus in 2017, no player racked up more Serie A appearances for the club than Bentancur and the 24-year-old featured 133 times in the top-flight, winning three titles along the way.

After missing out on Luis Diaz and Adama Traore earlier in the month, Tottenham fans will be pleased to see a midfielder with significant Champions League and international experience arrive at the club – but will he represent an upgrade on their current options?

We’ve compared the 2021-22 Serie A stats of Bentancur with the Premier League stats of Tottenham’s current midfield options.

Note: We haven’t included Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli or Giovanni Lo Celso who have all left Spurs this month. 

Goals
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 2
Rodrigo Bentancur – 0

Oliver Skipp – 0
Harry Winks – 0

Assists
Rodrigo Bentancur – 2
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 1
Harry Winks – 1
Oliver Skipp – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Harry Winks – 493
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 566.3
Rodrigo Bentancur – 578.5
Oliver Skipp – N/A

Chances created per 90 minutes
Harry Winks – 1.6
Rodrigo Bentancur – 0.9
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 0.6
Oliver Skipp – 0.4

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 1.2 (60%)
Harry Winks – 0.9 (60%)
Rodrigo Bentancur – 0.5 (55.5%)
Oliver Skipp – 0.3 (75%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 70.0 (88.6%)
Rodrigo Bentancur – 58.5 (87.5%)
Harry Winks – 57.7 (87.3%)
Oliver Skipp – 55.7 (90.1%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes
Rodrigo Bentancur – 2.5
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 2.2
Oliver Skipp – 2.0
Harry Winks – 0.7

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Harry Winks – 2.6
Rodrigo Bentancur – 2.0
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 1.5
Oliver Skipp – 0.9

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 1.1 (0.4)
Rodrigo Bentancur – 0.5 (0.1)
Oliver Skipp – 0.3 (0)
Harry Winks – 0.2 (0)


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