Herrera has started just the 12 games for United this season under Louis van Gaal, but the Spaniard has already shown his worth in those limited outings. Infact he has not just bettered his teammates in terms of pure stats, but has also outclassed some of the big stars in England.
This season Herrera averages one goal/assist every 138 minutes. If one discounts the forwards in the league, then Herrera holds his own when measured against some of the best players at rival clubs. He beats David Silva’s one per 140 minutes, Oscar’s one every 146 minutes, Santi Cazorla’s one every 159 minutes, Aaron Ramsey’s one every 163 minutes, Samir Nasri’s one every 190 and Yaya Toure’s one every 234 minutes.
Infact only Cesc Fabregas beats him with one every 129 minutes. However Herrera has done better than his teammate and the favourite for the PFA player of the year award, Eden Hazard’s one-per-140 minutes (or 157 if you don’t include penalties).
What is impressive though is that Herrera offers more defensive ability than most of these players too. He averages 2.5 tackles per game and only Fabregas with 2.7 tackles per game averages more. While Ramsey (2.1), Oscar (1.9), Cazorla (1.7), Silva (1.2), Toure (1.1), Nasri (1), Hazard (0.8) all have an inferior record this season.
Herrera also averages 1.8 interceptions per game, which betters all of the players mentioned already, with Ramsey (1.1), Cazorla (1), Fabregas (0.7), Hazard (0.6), Oscar (0.5), Toure (0.5), Silva (0.5) and Nasri (0.4) all falling short off the mark. Infact Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva 1.67 is Herrera’s closest competitor.
The Spanish midfielder has also won more tackles than Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (1.47 to 1.33). He has won a higher percentage of duels than Manchester City holding midfielder Fernandinho (50% to 45%).
Ander Herrera recent stats have shown that he has outclassed some of his star rival players amidst his limited playing time this season. He has more goals (5) than Philippe Coutinho (4) in the league and has more assists (4) than David Silva (3), despite having made six fewer appearances than his fellow Spaniard.
He has also enjoyed better shooting accuracy than Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey (36% to 35%). While he has also managed a better pass completion rate than Liverpool man Jordan Henderson, 89% to 81%. His ability to keep the ball is impressive too, having made more successful passes per game than Chelsea’s Oscar (46.5 to 40.9).
Perhaps Van Gaal had already knew about his ability, which is why he was more than happy to cancel the approaches for Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas, who were initially scouted by David Moyes. Herrera in a recent interview has claimed that he wants to stay with United for a long time to come. If he continues to perform in this calibre, there is no reason to suggest otherwise.
Image Courtesy: Manchester Evening News
Stats Courtesy: Oulala