Luongo’s stats show he may be better than Forshaw

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets… 

Leeds United are seemingly going to be busy this summer with both incomings and outgoings.

Adam Forshaw to Fulham is a rumour that has been picking up speed in the past few weeks.

The former Middlesbrough man was a handy player for the Whites last season, but not many tears will be shed if he is allowed to leave this summer.

The Yorkshire club seemingly already have the perfect replacement lined up in the shape of QPR’s Massimo Luongo, and a look at the pair’s stats shows that the Australian may actually bring more to the team than Forshaw ever did.

The above infographic shows that Luongo outshines Leeds’ current man in a number of ways.

Forshaw’s defensive work has often formed the basis of his game, but the Australian’s stats blow his out of the water.

He attempts 1.2 more tackles per game, showing that he is a harder worker when it comes to defensive contribution. He’s also just as good as his counterpart in the tackle.

3.1 completed tackles per game out of 4.3 attempted indicates that just over 72% of his challenges are successful. The 27-year-old puts up very similar numbers at just under 71%, but with the QPR man attempting more tackles, it’s easy to see whose defensive contributions are greater.

He is more dominant in the air than Forshaw too, winning more than twice as many as the Leeds player aerial duels per game, and when playing as a defensive midfielder that is vital.

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Interceptions tell a similar story as the 26-year-old completes almost three times as many as Forshaw. While at the other end of the pitch, the Australian is much more effective.

Four assists last term for Luongo indicates his best return since joining QPR, and it completely outdoes his Championship rival who contributed no assists for his side last season.

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