Stats suggest Georginio Wijnaldum could spell end for Liverpool midfielder
These stats suggest Adam Lallana could struggle to get into the Liverpool side after Georginio Wijnaldum's move to Anfield
Liverpool completed the signing of Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on Friday evening.
Liverpool’s transfer offer for the 25-year-old playmaker was deemed adequate by the Magpies as Reds manager Jurgen Klopp completed his seventh summer signing to continue the revamping of his squad.
After Liverpool’s signing of Wijnaldum was completed on Friday, Oulala have taken a look at the Dutchman’s stats against Adam Lallana to see how the pair compared in the Premier League last season.
The Dutch midfielder made 38 top-flight appearances in his first season in England after a £11.4m move to St James’s Park from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
Wijnaldum netted an impressive 11 times for the Magpies in comparison to Lallana’s disappointing return of four goals. Furthermore, the Dutch playmaker finished with a superior conversation rate (20 per cent to nine per cent) and shot accuracy (71 per cent to 50 per cent).
The former Newcastle midfielder proved a better passer of the ball than the England international last term.
Wijnaldum made an average of 28 successful passes per game, while Lallana finished narrowly behind on 27. The Dutchman also finished with a slightly higher pass completion rate of 85 per cent – three per cent more than Lallana.
However, the Liverpool star did make more assists than Wijnaldum – six to five, and the former Southampton skipper averaged 1.5 shots per game and created 1.6 chances per game. The Newcastle playmaker could only muster 1.4 shots per game and carve up 1,3 chances per game.
With Wijnaldum winning six of the nine categories, though, Lallana could well be facing an uncertain future at Anfield following the Dutchman’s arrival at Anfield this summer.