As reliable as Floyd Mayweather in a ring, where he did not lose any of the 50 fights he played, Vinicius Souza is the midfielder in the championship with the best percentage of duels won in these first six games. The Brazilian footballer, who belongs to Manchester City and has a contract with Espanyol until June 30, is untouchable with Diego Martínez (95% of the minutes) Y is showing its lights and also its shadows while waiting to continue adapting to the League and the Galician coach’s ideas.
Last year the parakeet team lacked a footballer who would balance the midfield, who would stand out especially in those defensive duels. He found shelter in Keidi Bare, a firefighter who now warms up the bench, but that deficit is now covered by Vinicius. The 1.87m midfielder is the most decisive championship player in duels according to Comparisonator statistics. He is the third player in the championship who competes in the most aerial duels per game (6.35) and the second who wins the most (4.23). He is also the fourth in defensive duels (12.21) and the third that prevails in more (7.65).
According to the accumulated data, the soccer player has a higher index in the general calculation of duels (31.25) than Sergio Busquets (29.55), Thomas Delaney (27.49) and Martin Zubimendi (24.12)numbers that pigeonhole the footballer into a very specific profile that helps, for example, Espanyol to be the team in the League that leads this classification with a total of 241, by 218.5 from Osasuna or 195 from Real Sociedadaccording to the statistics portal applied to the game.
Espanyol’s style of play also favors Vinicius being a differential player in this regard. With a direct game and pressure in the rival field, long balls and duels follow one another without stopping. Espanyol averages 65 duels (the most) and 93 defensive duels per game (the second behind Valencia’s 97).
Vinicius’s problems emerge in the phase with the ball, which is costing Espanyol due to the way he plays. The footballer is the 54th midfielder in the league with the best passing numbers, with a cumulative 23.54 points. The best in the League is Sergi Darder, with 143.17, followed by Toni Kroos (140.77) or Mikel Merino (130.2). Vinicius barely participates in the offensive phase, he only averages 32 passes per game, far from the 53 of Busquets, 46 of Zubimendi or Roque Mesa (44) of Valladolid.