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Analysis – Moussa Sissoko vs Andre Gomes

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If reports are accurate, Tottenham Hotspur will compete with Everton for the signing of Andre Gomes this summer.

Gomes is currently on loan at Everton from Barcelona, the Blues securing his signature for the year last summer.

He’s enjoying an impressive season at Goodison Park becoming a key player in Marco Silva’s side.

They want to turn his move into a permanent one, but his form has attracted interest from elsewhere. Tottenham are one such suitor as they look to improve their squad this summer.

Should they make a move for Gomes, it would likely be to replace Moussa Sissoko in the middle of their midfield. So how do the two players compare? We looked at WhoScored’s statistics to find out.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Andre Gomes of Everton. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The pair are level in the defensive stats, with each coming out on top in three categories and them level on two.

Everton’s midfielder averages more tackles per game, 1.5 compared to 1.3, and registers more interceptions per game, 0.8 compared to 0.6, also.

He also manages more blocks per game as well, beating Sissoko’s total of 0.1 per game with a total of 0.2. Sissoko, however, registers fewer fouls, 0.8 compared to 1.8, and posts more clearances. He also finds himself dribbled past fewer times per game.

Fortunately for Gomes, he comes out on top in the offensive stats. For a start, he’s managed to score this season, something Sissoko is yet to do.

He’s also ahead for shots per game, 0.7 compared to 0.5, and posts more dribbles, 1.4 compared to 1.2. He also gets caught offside less and picks up more fouls, although the latter is a dubious victory.

Sissoko leads for assists, two compared to one and registers four times as many key passes per game, 0.8 compared to 0.2. He’s also dispossessed fewer times per game and has fewer unsuccessful touches as well.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Onto passing and it’s almost a clean sweep for the Spurs man in that regard. As already mentioned he leads Gomes for assists and key passes per game. He also averages more passes per game, 45.8 compared to 44.2 and has a better overall passing accuracy. He also posts more crosses per game.

Gomes leads when it comes to long balls per game, 3.5 compared to 1.4, and the pair on level when it comes to through balls, with neither player registering one so far.

So overall it’s a win for Sissoko over Gomes in the numbers. WhoScored has his rating at 6.74 this season, with Gomes coming in just 0.07 behind with a score of 6.67.

There are caveats to consider, though. Most important is the fact that Sissoko is playing in a far better team than Gomes, and that can skewer the numbers considerably. If the Portuguese was playing for a top-six side himself, this comparison might look very different.

It is also worth noting that this is his first season in the Premier League, which is a significant factor, and he’s played more football this season than he has in years. His lack of fitness and struggles to adapt to the English game saw him dip noticeably in the winter months after a bright start.

Nonetheless, in the numbers alone, it’s a win for Spurs current midfielder. Perhaps Pochettino and his team would be best looking elsewhere for midfield reinforcements. Everton would undoubtedly be grateful if they did.