Paul Scholes was back among the papers this week and caused some controversy by suggesting that Manchester United had not signed a player of Toni Kroos’ quality, indicating new signing Ander Herrera was inferior in comparison.
“I love watching Toni Kroos. I think he’s brilliant,” Scholes wrote in his Paddy Power blog.
“I love the way he controls the ball and controls games. He can really play a pass and has superb vision. I just wish Man United had signed him (Yes, it is good to see United bringing in new players, but they haven’t signed anything like the quality of Kroos).”
By name, Kroos is a far greater prospect than Herrera and when you take a look at how they performed last season via a Squawka player comparison, there is a clear winner – but it’s not the one Scholes thinks.
Herrera played four more league games than Kroos and in that time scored five goals compared to Kroos’ two and also assisted one more goal than the German.
Furthermore, United’s new signing provided more cover defensively. He won 75 tackles, 30 aerial duels and made 33 interceptions. Kroos won 47 tackles, 18 aerial duels and made just 15 interceptions – less than half than Herrera.
When broken down into performances per 90 minutes, Herrera is head and shoulders above Kroos in most categories. The only statistic Herrera loses out to Kroos on is his passing accuracy, which is still an impressive 81%. Kroos, who is well-known and admired for his passing range, scored 92% in his 2013/14 passing accuracy.
Overall, there is very little to choose between the two players in terms of their attacking prowess but the stats show that Herrera is a better all-rounder. He is willing to get back to help his team when they are in trouble and break up the play when needed – a perfect fit for Louis van Gaal‘s United side.