James Milner vs Danny Welbeck – The Statistics

With Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck picking up a harsh yellow on Friday evening in England’s game against Moldova he misses the next tie. The Express are reporting that Manchester City midfielder James Milner is set to deputise on the left when the Three Lions take on Ukraine. But how do the duo compare in terms of statistics?

Milner played 26 games for City last term while Welbeck appeared 27 times, but according to Squawka’s performance rating the former was the better player.

Milner scored four goals from the wide areas, whereas Welbeck, who is naturally a striker, scored just once. Milner made 42 key passes – Welbeck 18 – although the latter did grab an assist more (4) than the former Aston Villa man (3).

Welbeck was the less involved in defensive actions, as you may expect, and completed just 26 tackles all season, and although Milner won just 30, that was 81% of his attemtped.

For me, you need pace on the wings. Milner is more of a wide midfielder than a winger, but then Welbeck, in my eyes, is more of a frontman. Neither are going to offer you bundles of goals, although Welbeck has hit two in his first three games this season, and both are going to have their critics until they retire.

They’re hardly the most inspiring players in world football, but both have the ability to play at the top.

Welbeck or Milner, who would you prefer in your side?