Opta Says: Who's the better player, Mwanga or Perlaza?

Danny Mwanga and Jorge Perlaza

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The stats say that Wednesday's trade between Philadelphia and Portland involving Danny Mwanga and Jorge Perlaza amounts to a pretty even deal.

Opta compiled the following statistics measuring the production of the two forwards since detailed metrics were recorded beginning in 2011.

If they show fairly similar production — Perlaza did play 500 more minutes — they also show the tendencies of the players changing places.

Perlaza is more of a poacher than Mwanga, with 100 percent of his goals coming inside the 18-yard box. Mwanga, on the other hand, likes the ball at his feet (he nearly has the same number of touches in 500 fewer minutes) and is also more of a creator as seen by his dribbling rate and his assists.

But for all his perceived playmaking abilities, Mwanga has only gotten off two successful crosses, demonstrating his penchant for quick combinations and through balls.

Will their characteristics make them good fits with their new clubs?

Mwanga Since 2011 Perlaza
39 Appearances 41
2135 Minutes 2642
20 Starts 32
11 Subbed Off 23
5 (3) Goals (in Box) 6 (6)
5 Assists 2
23 Shots on Target 14
13 Shots off Target 21
42.9% (3 of 7) Big Chance Conversion% 33.3% (2 of 6)
71.7% (378 of 527) Passing Accuracy 73.8% (420 of 569)
61.9% (140 of 226)

Passing     Accuracy     (Final Third)

69.2% (200 of 289)
21 Key Passes 35
34.1% (14 of 41) Dribble Success Rate 23.3% (7 of 30)
26 Chances Created 37
810 Touches 835
0% (0 of 15) Crosses Accuracy (Right) 26.1% (6 of 23)
15.4% (2 of 13) Crosses Accuracy (Left) 50% (4 of 8)