Comparing Sven Botman’s 2021-22 stats to Newcastle’s centre-backs

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Lille defender Sven Botman December 12, 2021 at Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve

Newly-minted Newcastle United have been tipped to make a real statement of intent by signing one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Europe, Sven Botman of Lille.

After Kieran Trippier, an England international and La Liga title-winner with Atletico Madrid last season, became the first signing of the PIF era, Botman has been tipped to follow.

The Netherlands Under-21 international started almost every match as Lille defied the odds to pip PSG to the Ligue 1 title last term and was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.

He ended up staying put in France over the summer, but has spoken highly of the Premier League and is reportedly keen on a move to Tyneside if the Magpies can meet Lille’s asking price.

But what kind of defender is he, and how does he compare to the four senior centre-halves already at Eddie Howe’s disposal? Here’s how his stats from Ligue 1 in 2021-22 stack up against the corresponding Premier League output of Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Ciaran Clark – 1.2 (75%)
Sven Botman – 1.0 (76%)
Fabian Schar – 0.6 (54%)
Federico Fernandez – 0.5 (50%)
Jamaal Lascelles – 0.4 (80%)

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Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Jamaal Lascelles – 3.5 (72%)
Ciaran Clark – 2.4 (66%)
Sven Botman – 2.3 (63%)
Fabian Schar – 1.9 (52%)
Federico Fernandez – 1.7 (54%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Fabian Schar – 1.4
Ciaran Clark – 1.2
Sven Botman – 0.8
Jamaal Lascelles – 0.8
Federico Fernandez – 0.7

Fouls per 90 minutes
Fabian Schar – 1.3
Sven Botman – 0.7
Jamaal Lascelles – 0.7
Ciaran Clark – 0.5
Federico Fernandez – 0.2

Clearances per 90 minutes
Jamaal Lascelles – 5.5
Federico Fernandez – 4.7
Sven Botman – 4.6
Fabian Schar – 4.4
Ciaran Clark – 3.5

Passes per 90 minutes (accuracy)
Sven Botman – 60.2 (85.6%)
Fabian Schar – 38.8 (65.4%)
Federico Fernandez – 35.7 (87.4%)
Ciaran Clark – 32.8 (79%)
Jamaal Lascelles – 29.1 (78.7%)

Goals
Jamaal Lascelles – 1
Sven Botman – 1
Federico Fernandez – 0
Fabian Schar – 0
Ciaran Clark – 0


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