Head-to-head stats: Jarvis (Wolves) v Lennon (Tottenham)

In an earlier article I looked at a couple of defenders and compared their stats (HERE). Now it is time to take a look at a couple of midfielders in our quest to try to dig deeper into the “differentia specifika” in skills between the players in Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspurs.

With the help of some statistics available we make comparisons between players in teams Wolves meet and our players and the time now has come to the midfield. Let’s look at my choice of players.

Matt Jarvis,23, is a midfielder who came to Wolves from Gillingham in 2007. He is a lightning fast natural winger and runs through to cross or sometimes to score himself. He mostly plays on the left wing but he can play on the right as well. Earlier this season he was the player with most frequent crosses in the Premier League. His old manager at Gills thought he would one day play in the England National team. Matt Jarvis has played in 12 matches for Wolves this season.

Aaron Lennon,22, plays in the same position, but mostly on the right wing, in Tottenham. He was born in Leeds and attended the Leeds United Academy and played his first match for Leeds in 2003. In 2005 he signed for Tottenham for £1 million. He was elected Tottenham Player Of The Season last season. And is – like Matt Jarvis – lightning fast. He is an England International.
Aaron Lennon has also played 12 matches this season.

Well. Let us have a look at the stats for these two players, who clearly sets the tone at their respective clubs.

Season 2009-10
Jarvis Lennon
Fouls won and / conceded / % won
13 /4/76%
Tackles won and / lost / % won
8/4 /67%
Accurate passes % / Attacks created
69% / 32
82% /19
Goals / Assists / Shots on goal
0 /2 / 4
3 / 6 /11

Let us dive into these figures and try to get a deeper understanding about Matt Jarvis and Aaron Lennon.

Fouls: As said before, conceiving fouls could be very costly, but for a midfielder gaining a free kick is also very good for the team. Jarvis wins over three out of four fouls. That is very impressive. But Lennon is much better than that.  He wins over five out of six. But Jarvis haven’t given away a foul since we looked at his stats last before the Arsenal game (!) but gained two. Perhaps he can match Lennon at the end of the season in this area?!

Tackles: This is an area that the Wolves as a team are best on in the whole Premier League according to statistics. And Jarvis has lost two tackles since the last look and his percentage has fallen from 80 percent to 67%. Lennon excels at winning tackles as well with 89% won he is even better than Craddock.

Passes and Attacks: Aaron Lennon is not French, but he is a hell of a passer anyway. 82% of the passes to reach to a co-player is very good. As wingers passes often are crucial and could lead to goal chances it is very important that the passes are correct. 69% for Craddock is not so good, but last match he had 75% so let’s hope he is getting better.

Wingers are about creating attacks. That is what their speed is for. And it is in this area that Jarvis excels. He has created 32 attacks in the 12 matches he has played. Very good! Lennon has created 19. That is also a good figure, but not compared to Jarvis.

Goals, Assists and Shots on goal: sadly enough, though. Jarvis efforts seldom has led to goals. Whether this is because of not good enough crosses (passing skills), or that the receivers are not good enough you can speculate about, but no goals and only two assists, despite creating 32 attacks are not good enough. And he doesn’t shoot on goal enough either.

If we look on Lennon’s record in this he has scored three times and made six assists and hit the target eleven times. Very good – who ever we compare him with.

Conclusions: Matt Jarvis has been one of Wolves best players this season. But his efforts has not resulted in goals and assists in the amount they should. It is obvious that he doesn’t measure up to Aaron Lennon’s standard. But on one point he is better than Lennon. At creating attacks.

Maybe if we had a Keane, a Crouch or a Defoe to receive his crosses the result would be another?! I believe so. But Jarvis has some shortcomings to Lennon as we have seen. I think the most important thing is that he must get better at passing the ball. But he is taking his first steps in the best League in the world and will get better with each match.


(P.S.if you don’t agree with my conclusions, draw your own.D.S.)


~ by paddytheflea on December 10, 2009.

4 Responses to “Head-to-head stats: Jarvis (Wolves) v Lennon (Tottenham)”

  1. I’m a Tottenham fan and I really like Wolves: my best mate from Uni supports them and I was even at the home win V Fulham.

    But, you can’t compare Jarvis and Lennon, no matter how hard you try. It’s like comparing a donkey to a thoroughbred; a Lada to an Aston Martin; et cetera.

    I liken Wolves a lot to Tottenham. You try to play football a certain way and you have dedicated fans who deserve so much more glory. But I think you need to strengthen in January or risk going down without much of a fight. Mick needs to buy players who have played in the Prem before, rather than going abroad.

    If you try to play football against us at the weekend as we will rip you apart, but we always struggle to break teams down that set up their stall defensively (see ridiculous home loss to Stoke).

    I really hope you stay up, best of luck for the season, apart from on Saturday of course.

    • Thank you, Tom. I agree with you that we must get a couple of good players in with PL experience. But I think we looked for the right players in summer and there are not so many who wants to come and play for us that are of the right caliber.

      Jarvis is much better than most people not so familiar with wolves think. He is a coming star in my opinion. But Lennon is of course fantastic and much better.

      I am afraid that McCarthy will try to play football. But he may be right. We don’t – like Stoke do – have the right players to play on the defence and sit on our backs. We play pretty much like you, but we don’t have the top quality up front as you do. But I don’t expect any points for Wolves at WHL. Just to see some good football, really. But you never know. It’s football.

  2. good luck in staying up. i hope u knock a team like bolton down. COYS!

    • Thank you!
      I think we will manage to keep three teams beneath us come spring. If one of them would be Bolton I should be very pleased 😆

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