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…
Rangers ace Glen Kamara dropped a midfield master-class for Finland against Greece last week, and he produced yet another solid display against a talented Italy midfield this weekend.
While it wasn’t quite the stunning performance the 23 year-old enjoyed against Greece, his battle with Chelsea’s £50m man Jorginho proved Rangers have quite a player on their hands.
It’s one thing to dominate a Greek side that are woefully out of form with just one win in six qualifying games, but another thing entirely to go toe-to-toe with a man who had Manchester City and Chelsea scrapping over him last summer.
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Italy won the game 2-1 courtesy of a goal from Ciro Immobile and a penalty from Jorginho, but that didn’t stop Kamara enjoying quite the battle with his opposite number.
Both players were sublime in their use of their ball, spraying it about with incredible efficiency. While the Italian produced more passes, per SofaScore, both players completed the same percentage of their passes with 91%.
Once again, their numbers were eerily similar when it came to losing the ball, costing their sides possession on ten occasions, while it was the Finland star who was superior dribbling past his opponents.
The Chelsea maestro completed no dribbles and was dribbled past himself three times, but Kamara completed one and did not allow anyone past him.
Their defensive numbers were once again nearly identical – noticing a trend here? Kamara won six total duels while Jorginho won four, and although the Rangers man was slightly inferior in tackles he led the way with an impressive four interceptions.
It certainly wouldn’t be fair on Chelsea’s pass-master to act like Kamara bossed the match, as they practically mirrored each other’s displays and the Italian of course scored the decisive spot-kick.
That said, the fact that a 23 year-old who cost the Ibrox side just £50,000 more than held his own against a man 1,000 times more expensive reflects the feeling when Kamara signed – he really may be “the steal of the decade”.