The tug of struggle for Harry Maguire could possibly be the saga of the summer time switch window, however why are Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis so eager on the Leicester defender?
The Manchester rivals are set to go face to face for Maguire now that England’s Nations League marketing campaign is over, Sky Sports activities Information understands, and are ready to enter talks over a deal that will seemingly smash the file for an English defender.
Right here, we take a look at how Maguire’s defensive statistics might give a sign as to the place he would match finest, how his numbers stack up in opposition to the remainder of the Premier League and whether or not Leicester can preserve maintain of their star man…
‘Maguire has the attributes’
Maguire’s confidence in stepping out from defence caught Leicester’s eye when the Yorkshireman was at Hull, and that attribute has caught with the 26-year-old – his dribbling success charge is the second highest amongst any defender within the Premier League.
Maguire’s aerial duel success charge can be the very best amongst any Premier League defender, a trait referenced in track by England followers through the Nations League.
Sky Sports activities‘ Gary Neville feels Maguire has all of the qualities wanted to be a contemporary centre-back, and locations him on the identical degree as different defenders when it comes to confidence in enjoying out from the again.
Talking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he stated: “In case you consider the attributes of centre-backs, he has them in abundance. Leicester followers will not thank me for this, however they’ll be underneath actual stress to maintain him this summer time.
“We discuss John Stones being good on the ball, I really assume Maguire is the equal of him on the ball. A large assertion, possibly, as Stones is seen because the composed, ball-playing centre-back, however I assume Maguire is simply nearly as good on the ball.”
United or Metropolis?
Maguire is regarded as certainly one of numerous central defenders being thought-about by Metropolis to switch Vincent Kompany, Sky Sports activities Information understands.
Metropolis could also be searching for two defenders, with Nicolas Otamendi prone to go away the Etihad in quest of an everyday beginning position.
Nevertheless, each Aymeric Laporte and Maguire are left-sided centre-backs, that means one would want to budge to the precise.
Curiously, within the Metropolis documentary ‘All or Nothing’, Pep Guardiola highlighted certainly one of Maguire’s weaknesses in behind-the-scenes footage, telling Kevin de Bruyne to focus on the defender as a result of he’s “not quick”.
“Discover that scenario as a result of the man [Maguire] is just not quick… you will see area right here.”
Although Metropolis are champions, and completed 32 factors above United final season, might Outdated Trafford be higher suited to Maguire’s model? Metropolis might cease at ‘no’ earlier than United, given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s want for a defensive overhaul.
Right here, we examine Maguire’s stats with Metropolis and United’s centre-backs from the 2018/19 Premier League season.
We all know Metropolis prefer to play from the again; their defenders common 77 passes per sport in comparison with United’s 42. Maguire is used to being on the ball greater than he can be at United, however it might be a step up on the Etihad.
His 86 per cent passing accuracy is three per cent decrease than United’s centre backs, and 7 per cent decrease than Metropolis’s.
Physicality and tackling
A energy Maguire would convey to either side is his physicality. His duel success of 73 per cent is the second highest within the Premier League – solely behind Virgil van Dijk – and can be a welcome enchancment for each groups.
Barely much less spectacular is his sort out success charge. At 55 per cent, it is consistent with Metropolis’s common, however poorer than United’s.
Maguire would wish to teradicate this stat from his sport. He made 4 errors that led to pictures final 12 months, one leading to a objective. That is the identical as Metropolis’s 4 centre backs mixed, whereas United’s defenders made eight in complete.
The view from Leicester
His present membership Leicester don’t wish to promote him, nonetheless, and it’s understood they’ve subsequently not put a valuation on the 26-year-old.
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Rob Dorsett feels Leicester are in a powerful place, and will feasibly maintain onto their man…
“The Leicester Metropolis viewpoint is that they do not wish to promote, nor have any must promote. With very wealthy house owners, who wish to assist new supervisor Brendan Rodgers in a bid to push for the highest six, they wish to preserve their finest gamers. Maguire is certainly a type of, and he signed a brand new five-year contract simply 9 months in the past, in order that they’re in a powerful place to guard a participant they see as a key asset.
“It is thought Maguire can be open to the concept of a transfer – to Manchester Metropolis specifically, with the prospect of Pep Guardiola bettering his fame as among the best progressive-passing central defenders within the sport – however he’s additionally very blissful at Leicester, and respectful of the chance they gave him to play within the Premier League once more after Hull Metropolis’s relegation two season in the past; he will not trigger disruption or sulk if the transfer does not occur.
“Due to the size of his contract, his age (26) and the present market, Leicester will not even enter into negotiations until any prompt supply is within the area of the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk.”
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