In the table below, we look at the comparisons between what could be the Reds’ future first team ‘keeper, against our current one.
Of course, statistics don’t tell the full story, and Sunderland had a turbulent season trying to avoid relegation, which they successfully did – just.
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|Simon Mignolet||Pepe Reina|
|73%||Ground 50-50s Won||91%|
|75%||Aerial 50-50s Won||86%|
|2 (2 goals)||Individual Errors||6 (4 goals)|
The most interesting stat here is perhaps Mignolet’s low pass completion rate – but this perhaps could be attributed to the tactics his manger, Martin O’Neill for the majority of the season, employed. 11 clean sheets in a team fighting relegation is impressive.
Reina made six errors resulting in goals, while Mignolet made two, both occasions leading to goals conceded.