Season Analysis: Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand didn’t get to play many games this term and, just like his United team-mates, it is the reoccurring injuries which has sidelined him for large chunks of the season. The games he has played, however, he hasn’t shown the usual consistency we’re used to seeing. One game he’s assured and composed; the next he’s floundering around on the floor beaten by a hungry-looking Craig Bellamy.
If it not had been for injuries it may have been a different story, certainly, as he only played a handful of games with Nemanja Vidic. It leaves you to mull over what could’ve been. In a way this season always been typical Ferdinand; great positioning and excellent reading of the game but at the same time his concentration, or the lack of it, let’s him down.
Although blighted by numerous setbacks, the 13 league games he did play were easy enough to analyse and make observations of. Overall, he’s been pretty decent when he has played and it is a real shame he hasn’t played enough. Fingers crossed he plays more often next season.
Below: A table comparing Ferdinand’s season with his English counterparts. Obviously, he has played considerably less than the rest but these statistics prove interesting still. As you can see, he is the type of player that likes to sit back and read the game, and knows when to make the right tackle shown by the high success rate.
|Player (Stats from OPTA)||Terry||Dawson||King||Ferdinand||Upson|
|Minutes On Pitch||3260||2333||1547||1083||2905|
|Tackles and Blocks|
|Total Tackles Made||65||48||32||12||54|
|Last Man Saving Tackles||1||2||2||2||3|
|Tackles Won %||80%||79%||72%||92%||81%|
|Total Clearances Made||252||288||131||69||387|
|Clearances per 90 mins||6.96||11.11||7.62||5.73||11.99|
|Passes per 90 mins||52.62||41.24||31.36||50.86||35.10|
|Pass Completion %||87%||73%||77%||80%||79%|