Cleverley Vs Wilshere: head-to-head

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere are two of England's brightest prospects

Shehryar Khan
Published 01/31/2013 15:00 by Shehryar Khan.

Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere are considered by many to be the future of England's midfield.

Both players are already in the starting XI for two of the best teams in England and Europe, but who is better?

Somewhat inevitably, Manchester United fans would consider Cleverley to be the better prospect, whereas the Arsenal faithful would be backing Wilshere.

But lets take a look at what the statistics say about these two players performances in the Premier League this season.

It's worth noting at this point that Cleverley has made 16 league appearances to date, whilst Wilshere has played on no fewer than 14 occasions.


Tom Cleverley - 2
Jack Wilshere - 0

On the goals front, Cleverley has outdone Wilshere although it must be taken into account that Wilshere plays more often as a defensive midfielder whereas Cleverley is sometimes further forward. That said, this is one department where Cleverley is superior (at least for now).


Tom Cleverley - 1
Jack Wilshere - 3

Having set up Olivier Giroud in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Liverpool last night, Wilshere's assist tally now stands at three, two more than Cleverley.

Slightly more defence minded than attacking players like Juan Mata, it's little surprise to see there assists tally relatively low, although this is obviously an area that both players will be keen to improve on.

Passing accuracy:

Tom Cleverley - 89.9%
Jack Wilshere - 87.2%

Cleverley has a better passing accuracy than Wilshere, but that's not to say Wilshere is a bad passer of the ball. Quite often, Wilshere tends to play the killer pass more often than Cleverley which could help to explain why his pass accuracy is slightly lower. Still, take nothing away from the United starlet, as he once again surpasses Wilshere in this instance.

From looking at these key stats, it would seem that Cleverley is currently a better player than Wilshere. However, lets remember that there are many aspects of matches which stats do not always show.

For example, Wilshere is renowned for his dribbling skills and his ability to quickly run past defenders. Some may also say that their defensive qualities also set them apart.

Overall there is no right or wrong answer, just opinions amongst fans. Some may say that as Wilshere is 21 and Cleverley is 23, the former still has more potential. Others may say Cleverley is more consistent and reliable.

One thing is for certain, England are lucky to have two fine midfielders play for two of the top teams in the country. But what do you think? Get in touch by leaving a comment below.

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