Head-To-Head Stats: Craddock (Wolves) vs Touré (Manchester City)

Paddytheflea’s famous statistical head-to-head analysis continues. It’s high time to concentrate at tomorrows game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux. I believe the analysis gives a deeper insight about the differences between players and teams. So her we go.

As usual we start the competitors with two representatives from the defence. The first pair out to wrestle are:

Jody Craddock, 34 year old central defender, born in Redditch, England, is a Wolves veteran. He has played in Wolves for six years and he is the only player still playing that was a member of the 2003-4 team last time we were in the Premier League.

He started playing in non-league club Christchurch and 1993 he was signed for free by third tier club Cambridge United. He played there for four seasons before he was noticed by Sunderland and they signed him for £300.000 in 1997. Craddock helped Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League the second season at Sunderland, but he was ‘rewarded’ by being loaned out to Sheffield United in the Championship. But later on he came back and played for Sunderland.

After four years in Sunderland he was sold to Wolves when Sunderland was relegated in 2003 and Wolves was promoted to Premier League. He was as an important player at that time for Wolves as he is this season. And Craddock has been very solid in the Premier League so far and he has also had some success in going forward. And his partnership with Christophe Berra looks reasonable solid. Craddock has played 14 matches for Wolves this season so far.

Kolo Touré, 28, born in the Ivory Coast, came to Manchester City this season from Arsenal. He started his footballing career at ASEC Abidjan – a club that has an Academy that is often described as the Crown Juvel of African Youth Academies. From there players like Dindane, Kalou, Eboué and Kolo’s brother Yaya has emerged as world stars. His debut in his National team came already in the year 2000 which made it possible for Arsenal to lay their hands on him already in February of 2002. They paid only £150.000 for him and he was regarded as a project for development at first and a utility player that could be played as an attacking midfielder or a striker.

That first season he didn’t play in the first team at all, but the season of 2002-3 saw him playing in the FA Cup which Arsenal did win.

Next season Arsené Wenger – in a flash of genius typical of him – started to play Touré together with Campbell as central defenders. The only ones that had reason to regret that move was the other Premier League teams, as Arsenal didn’t lose a single match for that entire season.

Despite the success together with Campbell he found himself fighting for a place in the first eleven next season. But in the season of 2005-6 he found a new partner in Senderos and they together helped Arsenal to reach the champions League Final after ten (10) consecutive clean sheets.

The next seasons he continued to play regularly and even captained the team as he became the oldest kid on the block at Arsenal. But last season he handed out a request to leave after a row with Gallas in January. But he stayed on until summer when Manchester City thankfully took him into their arms for £14 millions. Mark Hughes made him captain of City and he has played 16 matches for the team so far.

Let’s then put them head-to-head and compare their stats for this season so far.

Season 2009-10
Craddock Touré
Fouls won and / conceded / % won
8 /20/29%
Tackles won and / lost / % won
21/2 /91%
Accurate passes % / Attacks created
62% / 0
77% /1
Goals / Assists / Shots on goal
4 /2 / 4
1 / 0 /3

O.K. Let’s interpret these figures in order and try to get something out of them.

Fouls: As everybody knows, conceiving fouls could be very costly when you play in a centre-back position. Players are getting more and more skilled at set pieces that could result in goals. Craddock has a high percentage of conceded fouls. And it’s growing. The last six fouls Craddock has been involved in he conceded. Touré seem to have a more ‘normal’ distribution on won and conceded fouls.

Tackles: Craddock continues to win tackles. He has been mr 100% again since we last had the reason to look at his figures and gone from 88% to 91%. Touré is not to far from Craddock here. I don’t think there are many players in the Premier League that are as good as these two as tacklers.

Passes and Attacks: We have talked about the graduates from the Clairfontaine Youth Academy in France that Henry, Anelka, Gallas and Saha attended. We have reasons to suspect that the ASEC Abidjan Youth Academy is at least one step behind them in developing the skills off accurate passing.

But Touré is of course better than Craddock at passing the ball. Craddock is not one of the best in Wolves at this. In fact, quite the opposite. But the centre backs of Wolves comes under hard pressure and sometimes it will be necessary to just get rid of the ball from the area.

As I’ve said before, central defenders are usually not the ones that creates attacks. Craddock hasn’t created anyone, and Touré has created only one, despite that he likes to go forward and used to play as a striker and midfielder.

Goals, Assists and Shots on goal: Jody Cradock has scored four goals for Wolves this season and is our second best goalscorer on that. Touré has scored only once. Since we looked at Craddock’s stats latest he has managed to make two assists as well. Craddock is clinical. Four strikes at goal and four goals. Touré has hit the goal three times.

Conclusions: Craddock gives away a lot of free kicks – some of them in dangerous areas. Not good. But he is a hell of a tackler, but Touré is not far from him at this. I think it will hurt for a forward to meet any of them. When it comes to accurate passing Touré is better than Craddock who is a lousy passer. But Touré does not excel in this like many of his colleagues from the top clubs. No one of them are the creators of attacks for their teams, but Craddock is a good goal scorer on set pieces and has added assists to his skills. And he is very clinical in front of goal.

Jody Craddock looks to me to be as hard to play through a centre back as Touré. But he could be a security risk in giving away free kicks and he is not a good passer. But on the other hand he excels in front of the opposing teams goal on set pieces. A side of the centre back play that we can’t see much traces of in Tourés statistics.

According to these stats Craddock can measure up to Touré in most areas and he is much better in the offensive role.


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


~ by paddytheflea on December 27, 2009.

5 Responses to “Head-To-Head Stats: Craddock (Wolves) vs Touré (Manchester City)”

  1. Toure’s off to the African Nations.

  2. Toure has looked suspect all season but got to say he looked a lot better Staurday alongside Kompany Maybee its that useless piece of shit Lescott

    • The stats reveals that Touré played better Saturday than in your previous matches. But that fantastic player Lescott has better stats than Touré. Maybe Touré is just trying to impress on your new manager and will go back to playing uninspiring in a couple of games again?!

  3. […] have already compared two central defenders (HERE) and two midfielders (HERE) and it is due time to take on two […]

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