Head-To-Head stats: Craddock (Wolves) vs Huth (Stoke)

The head-to-head comparisons between individual players are back!  There are some very interesting stats there to be interpreted between Stoke players and Wolves players. In central defence as well as on the wing.

These statistical comparisons say more than the average pundits do about the players and their teams abilities. They give us a more objective picture of the players, but they do not paint the whole picture.

As usual we start the head-to-heads with two representatives from the defence. The first two are:

Jody Craddock, 34 year old central defender, was born in Redditch, England, and he 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 in 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. A big signing fee for a League Two player at the time. Craddock helped Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League the second season there, 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 at the club he was sold to Wolves when Sunderland was relegated in 2003 and Wolves was promoted to the 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 is well settled. Craddock has played 28 matches for Wolves in the Premier League this season so far.

Robert Huth, 25, was born in then East Berlin, Germany. He started his professional footballing career in Union Berlin, but was signed by Rainieri at Chelsea when he was only 16 in 2001.

But with players like Terry, Desailly and Gallas and later Carvalho in the team he got only a few chances to play in his favoorite position as a central defender. In 2006 – after only playing 42 matches for Chelsea in five seasons – Huth was signed by Middlesbrough for £6 million.

His first season in Boro was marked by injury, but when he returned in December 2007 he was named Man Of The Match. But he did not get to be the first choice in central defence until Woodgate left the club for Tottenham in January 2008.

After that he was paired together with David Wheater and they did a good job for the club, despite them getting relegated the following season. He signed with Stoke for £5 million in August 2009. In Stoke he has played both in central defence and as a right back. He has played 19 matches for Germany and hopes to be in the squad for World Cup this summer. Robert Huth has played 26 matches in the league for Stoke so far this season.

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

Season 2009-10
Craddock Huth
Fouls won and / conceded / % won
15 /29/34%
16 /29 /36%
Tackles won and / lost / % won
47 /10 /82%
36 /8 /82%
Accurate passes % / Attacks created
62% / 3
63% /6
Goals / Assists / Shots on goal
5 /2 /6
3 / 1 /5

O.K. Let’s interpret these figures and try to learn something from them about these players.

Fouls: 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. But Huth has only one more won free. At this they must be considered equals.

Tackles: Craddock continues to win tackles. But eleven games ago he had 92% won. Huth doesn’t tackle as much as Craddock, partly because of less matches played. But they are equally good at this as well.

Passes and Attacks: Craddock is – as everybody knows that has followed my head-to-heads – not one of the best in Wolves at passing the ball. In fact, quite the opposite. And he is not getting better at that. I use to say that the centre backs of Wolves come under hard pressure and sometimes it will be necessary to just get rid of the ball from the area.

But what the stats are telling us is of course that he kicks the ball either to the opposition or out of play for the opposition to take possession much to often. But this is not at all the strength of Huth either. So far they are equals at everything.

Central defenders are usually not the ones that creates attacks. Craddock created one against Wigan and he has created two more since. Berra is more involved in the build up play in Wolves. Huth does not create many attacks either – six so far – slightly better than Craddock. But he has played on the right back in several matches, so that is probably the reason that he has created more attacks. But Huth is better than Craddock at this.

Goals, Assists and Shots on goal: Jody Cradock has scored five goals for Wolves this season and is still our second best goalscorer on that. Huth has scored three goals for Stoke . Craddock has also made two assists. Collins has one assists so far.

They are both very clinical as scorers. When they hit goal – and they have a good percentage of that as well – they usually score. Strong players to have on set pieces and both are very good on the head. But Craddock is the better player when it comes to scoring and assisting at goals.

Conclusions: Huth and Craddock are very much a match. They are equal at getting and conceiving frees, tackles and passes.

At creating attacks Huth is the better of them, but that can be because he sometimes operates on the right back (and will have a hard job if he do on Sunday, facing Jarvis) 😆

But Craddock is an excellent and clinical goalscorer on set pieces and has added assists to his skills as well. Huth has also scored goals, but not as many as Craddock.

Both these players are very valuable assets to their respective teams. They are both very tough and skilful defenders. The cream of this league. They are equally skilled at almost everything, but based on goals and assists made Jody Craddock is the better player of the two.


~ by paddytheflea on April 9, 2010.

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