Southampton’s 0-0 draw at Leicester City featured another impressive display of resistance, as they secured a sixth clean sheet in succession.
Central to that run continuing was midfielder Oriol Romeu, who produced a superb performance against the Foxes.
Romeu’s afternoon was highlighted by a goal-saving tackle on Jamie Vardy in the first half, which was instantly followed by crucial blocks from Islam Slimani and then Vardy off the second rebound.
However, the Spaniard’s defensive work extended well beyond that, as the numbers prove…
– Romeu’s six tackles were the most of any player on the pitch
– He gained possession 17 times during the match - six more than any other player
– His two interceptions tied for the lead in his team, along with Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand
– His two blocks, referenced above, were the joint most of any player on the pitch, matched only by Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater
– Romeu won nine of the ten duels he embarked upon for a success rate that was ten per cent higher than any other player on the pitch
– It wasn’t just defensively where he impressed, though. His 90.3% passing accuracy was second among all starting players, with only Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s 92.8% bettering it