Reece James vs Trent Alexander-Arnold: A statistical analysis

The Three Lions undoubtedly possess a plethora of talent at right-back. Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Max Aarons are all eligible candidates for selection.

Here is a comparison of two of their finest right-backs to see how they fare in different facets of their game.

Reece James has followed up his impressive loan spell at Wigan with a solid season at Chelsea. In the same vein, Alexander-Arnold has continued to enjoy life at his boyhood club in what has been a memorable last two years at Anfield.

In order to achieve a well-rounded comparison, three major aspects of their game will be taken into consideration.

Attacking prowess

Back in the day, emphasis was placed totally on full-backs’ defending prowess. However, in recent times, there is now greater appreciation for their effectiveness in the final third.

Ross Barkley and Reece James.

Alexander Arnold, as we all know, has developed himself into one of the best-attacking full-backs in world football. He has formed a devastating full-back partnership with Andrew Robertson which has been a constant source of creativity for the Reds.

According to WhoScored, he has scored two goals and laid on 13 assists(Premier League and Champions League only). This sums up to 15 direct goal involvements at a rate of one every 208 minutes. He has delivered 2.3 accurate crosses with an accuracy of 19.8%, created 2.97 chances and completed 0.6 dribbles with a 40% accuracy per 90 minutes this season. He is also a set-piece menace as he has shown time and time again.

James has also proved to be a more than reliable attacking outlet for Chelsea. With a goal and two assists, he has been involved in a goal every 453 minutes for the Blues.

Reece James.

He has a significantly lower amount of accurate crosses per game with 1.1 albeit with better accuracy (24.5%) while creating 1.53 chances per 90 minutes.

The Chelsea man, however, comes out on top dribbling wise completing 2.2 per game with an impressive accuracy of 73%.

Defending

For all Trent’s attacking exploits, his defending still leaves a lot to be desired. He has made 1.7 tackles per game with a success rate of 56.6%. He also has 1.3 interceptions, 1.9 clearances and 0.4 blocks per 90 minutes this season. His aerial ability is suspect too but that’s understandable for a man only 175cm tall.

On the other hand, James fares significantly better at his defensive duties. The ex-Wigan man has completed 1.9 tackles per 90 minutes with an accuracy of 64.5%.

Reece James.

Similar to Alexander-Arnold, he also has 1.3 interceptions per game while making 0.5 blocks per game. James possesses a superior aerial duel efficiency winning 1.9 per game.

Teamplay

As a former central midfielder, One would expect Trent to come out on top in this category and so it proves. Arnold boasts a passing range that most midfielders would be proud of. He has completed 56 passes per game with a 76.4% accuracy.

His long ball speciality is also vital in a Liverpool side that are ruthless at going from back to front in the twinkle of an eye. He averages 5.3 accurate long balls and 2.6 key passes per game this season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold.

While completing 48.2 passes per game, James also boasts a significantly superior higher passing accuracy of 86.5%. He has made 1.4 key passes and delivered 2.1 long balls per 90 minutes this season.

For two men still below the age of 22 years old, Alexander-Arnold and Reece James have made brilliant starts to their careers and undoubtedly have big futures ahead of them.

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