Head-To-Head stats: Doyle (Wolves) v Keane (Tottenham)

Time for the final in Paddytheflea’s statistical journey. A comparison between two forwards ahead of the clash tomorrow at White Hart Lane. We have already compared two centre-backs (HERE) and two midfielders (HERE).

These two strikers has much in common. They are bot Irish internationals and they have  played for or are playing for Wolves. Did you think that I could avoid to compare these two?

Analytics – as we all already know – can tell us something about the strengths and weaknesses of the players and of their teams. And we will perhaps learn something new.

Kevin Doyle, 26, from Ireland. He came to the club from Reading this summer in a record deal for the club of £6,5 million. He is an Irish international who plays together with Robbie Keane (a former Wolves player) as striker for Ireland. Kevin played for Reading when they against all odds managed to stay in the Premier League in the 2006-7 season. He scored 13 goals that season. He was injured in the beginning of the current season and has played 11 matches so far for Wolves.

Robbie Keane, 29, from Ireland. After leaving Wolves in 1999 as the celebrated top goalscorer he had short spells at Coventry, Inter and Leeds. He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2002. He played for Spurs in six years. In the 2007-8 season he scored 23 goals and helped the team to win the League Cup. He signed for his childhood favorite team after that season, but came back already in January. He was made Captain in the team.  He has played 13 matches for Tottenham.

Let’s now move on to the statistics and compare the strikers result.

Season 2009-10 Doyle Keane
Fouls won and / conceded / % won 20 /12 / 63% 11 /5 /69%
Tackles won and / lost / % won 16/5 /76% 6/3 /67%
Accurate passes % / Attacks created 67% / 4 81% / 14
Goals / Assists / Shots on goal 3 / 0 / 9 6 / 2 / 12

Paddytheflea will now try to put some interpretation to these figures and try to find a reasonable analysis to the differences between the two strikers statistics

Fouls: Doyle is involved in foul situation twice as often as Keane. And he wins many more. But he loses more as well, but in percentages Keane got the upper hand. But it is an advantage to the team if a striker can win a foul in a nice spot for a free kick. Doyle does that much more often than Keane.

Tackles: Kevin Doyle wins more tackles than Keane. As with the fouls, Keane takes and gives far fewer tackles than Doyle during a match. Doyle has to defend as his team is under pressure more often. He will also receive long, high balls more often from defence and midfield and a tackling moment will occur. That is probably the answer to why Doyle goes through more foul situations as well. But when it comes to tackles Doyle wins more than Keane in percentages.

Passes and Attacks: And here we go again. The Wolves player loses out when it comes to correct passing as usual. Whether it is because Wolves is under a lot more pressure than Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham I don’t know, but in this case we could rule out th ‘French Connection’. 2eano is Irish through and through. But as I use to say. Keeping the ball in the team is very closely connected to the final outcome of the game. And the big teams are very good at passing the ball so that it comes to a team-mate. And it is a great deal more of the passes that goes wrong if you miss one out of three instead of less than one out of five.

Keane has created fourteen attacks. Perhaps he did many of them when playing on the wing?!  But he created many attacks for his team last season and the season before as well, so that is a feature in his – but not in all strikers repertoire. Doyle is far from his mark and still only on 4. But as said before – Doyles main job is to be up there and take advantage of attacks created by others. But it is a striking difference anyway.

Goals, Assists and Shots on goal: This is the most important of the categories for strikers. This is their main job. Keane has played a couple of more games, but he played some of them as a midfielder. Three goals in eleven games for Doyle is not enough of course. And six in thirteen is not passed with total credit either. Not when playing for Tottenham.

Doyle has not assisted to a single goal for Wolves yet. Will the first come against Tottenham? Statistics can’t predict that. Keane has made two assists. Doesn’t sound that much either. Nine versus twelve shots  on goal is about the same if we think of the matches played. But Keane puts in 50% of the goalbound balls and Doyle only 33%.

Conclusions, then. As with Anelka,  Kevin Doyle does not measure up to Robbie Keane as a striker. To be honest I didn’t expect that either. Doyle is better at tackles and wins more fouls to the team in frequency than Keane, but that is all. Keane passes better and he creates much more attacks. He has scored double the amount of Doyle in goals and he has made a couple of assists as well.

But football is a team effort and a striker at Tottenham has much more service  from his team mates than in Wolves. The strikers doesn’t have to track back and defend in the same extent and can avoid tackling and fouls and because of that the passes gets better and more accurate.

I will now wait for Kevin Doyle to totally prove me wrong and better his statistics – especially when it comes to goals and assists – tomorrow. For Robbie Keane I wish all well – but not tomorrow if he plays, which I think he does – because he is a great football profile raised in the Wolves Academy to become a world star. So shine Robbie, but not tomorrow.

And, as usual, If you don’t agree with my analysis and interpretation of the statistics, make your own. And I love to get comments on this, so don’t hesitate to write.



Keane  congratulating Doyle after scoring . He want do that tomorrow


~ by paddytheflea on December 11, 2009.

2 Responses to “Head-To-Head stats: Doyle (Wolves) v Keane (Tottenham)”

  1. Doyle should get longer on the pitch than Keane so in theory be able to improve his statistics. Keane is likely to be sub or subbed

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