The battle to be Manchester United’s first selection left again between Luke Shaw and Alex Telles is nearer than ever.
Telles accompanied interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick to yesterday’s press convention forward of tonight’s essential Champions League match in opposition to Atletico Madrid, hinting that he might be beginning the match even when Shaw has recovered absolutely from Covid-19.
Shaw’s type this season has been patchy, while Telles, who struggled in his first 12 months on the membership, has improved.
It’s typically assumed that Shaw is the extra strong possibility defensively whereas Telles affords extra in assault, however the season’s statistics, apparently, don’t bear out that assumption.
Shaw has performed 19 Premier League video games this season (18 begins) whereas Telles has performed 13, with 11 begins. This offers a very good quantity of minutes to match between the 2.
Telles simply has the sting for general sofascore ranking per recreation, with 6.95 in opposition to Shaw’s 6.89 (supply of this and different stats: sofascore.com).
When it comes to offensive stats, the pair are fairly related. Telles has twice as many pictures per recreation (0.6 vs. 0.3) with the identical ratio heading in the right direction (0.2 vs. 0.1). They’ve registered the identical proportion of assists however Shaw has created extra massive possibilities (0.26 per recreation vs Telles’ 0.07).
However in defensive stats, Telles comes out because the stronger of the 2. He makes twice as many interceptions as Shaw (1 per recreation vs 0.5), greater than twice as many tackles (2.7 vs. 1.1), has received possession barely extra usually (0.5 vs. 0.4 per recreation) and makes virtually twice as many clearances (1.7 vs. 0.9).
This maybe ought to give Telles the sting when it comes to who ought to be the primary selection.
Clearly the Premier League is much tougher than the Portuguese League, nevertheless it may be argued that the Brazilian remains to be but to search out the type of type that prompted United to signal him within the first place.
In 2019/20, enjoying for FC Porto, Telles scored 11 targets and offered 8 assists in 31 league video games, an exceptional report for a full again.
In equity, it must also be mentioned that Shaw’s type of 2020/21 earned him a participant of the 12 months award and would in all probability tip the stability again in his favor had been he to rediscover it.
It’s a fascinating contest and one that can hopefully deliver out the very best of each gamers because the season attracts to an in depth.