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How does Nathan Collins compare to Wolves' defenders last season?

Wolves are reported to hold an interest in Burnley defender Nathan Collins.

Apparently Wanderers are keen on the Republic of Ireland centre-half, who caught the eye with a string of impressive displays for the struggling Clarets in 2021/22.

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Burnley ultimately suffered relegation, but Collins stood out once he broke into the starting XI in the second half of the campaign.

There is competition from Leicester City, and Burnley don’t particularly won’t to lose him, but it’s possible the youngster could be bound for Molineux this summer.

So how did he compare with Wolves’ centre-halves Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman (the three most-picked by Bruno Lage) last season?

All (Premier League) data take from fbref.com, which focuses on values per 90, since Collins only made around half the number of appearances of the Wolves trio.

Passing

In 2021/22, Wolves’ trio were pretty impressive on the ball, especially at the start of the season.

Coady finished the campaign with a pass completion percentage of 90%. Saiss had 82% and Kilman had 87%.

Collins recorded a completion rate of 72%.

And it’s not as though Collins was particularly heavy on the progressive passes.

He executed 2.42 per 90, which was higher than Coady (1.18 per 90) but much lower than Saiss (3.99) and Kilman (3.08).

Lage would likely hope for him to be a bit more accurate were he to snap him up.

Tackles

Collins finished 2021/22 with a tackles per 90 stat of 1.61.

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That was better than Coady (0.83), and only slightly lower than Saiss (1.99) and Kilman (1.77).

In terms of percentage of dribblers tackled, Collins actually had the lowest value with 39%. Coady had 46%, Saiss had 56% and Kilman was statistically the best with 60%.

Blocks

In terms of blocking shots, it would seem Collins is very happy to throw his body in the way of danger.

He had the highest blocks per 90 stat with 1.40. Coady was just below on 1.34, Saiss had 0.80 and Kilman had 0.70.

Clearances

Burnley were a team that would often find themselves under pressure in games last term. And so, there were plenty of instances where backs were to the wall and clearances had to be made.

Collins posted a pretty impressive 5.48 clearances per 90, which was better than Coady (4.02) and Kilman (3.95) and only slightly worse than Saiss (5.75).

Interceptions

Collins had an interceptions per 90 value of 1.99.

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That was only better than Coady (1.18), with Saiss (2.69) and Kilman (2.14) both posting higher.

Dribbled past

Perhaps slightly concerningly, Collins finished the season with the highest value for being dribbled past per 90, with 0.75.

Coady had just 0.37, suggesting him as the most difficult to get past. Saiss and Kilman had very similar values with 0.47 and 0.43 respectively.

Aeriel duels won

6ft 4in star Collins was pretty much level with the Wolves trio in this category, winning 65% of his aerial duels in 2021/22.

That was higher than Coady (57%) and just slightly below Saiss (66%) and Kilman (67%).

Conclusion

From a statistical standpoint, Collins was not really that far off the level of the three Wolves defenders Bruno Lage turned to the most in 2021/22 in the Premier League.

He was maybe not as accurate in his passing, but his defensive actions per 90 statistics were all fairly close to the Wanderers trio.

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It remains to be seen if Wolves will actually make a swoop for Collins. It’s possible he could be quite expensive despite Burnley’s relegation.

But if the club did, then there’s a good chance he could make a solid addition. And him still being very young, he could potentially develop into a top player at Molineux.

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