Chris Smalling's stats for Roma this season are blowing away Harry Maguire's at Man Utd

Chris Smalling is in brilliant form for Roma.

Manchester United made a big change at the back this summer as they broke the world record fee for a defender.

Harry Maguire arrived from Leicester City for £80m and was immediately the prominent defender at the club.

But he wasn't the only change - Chris Smalling was out, replaced by Maguire and allowed to leave on loan to Roma for the season.

Having joined United in 2010, it was the first time that Smalling was deemed surplus to requirements.

The now 29-year-old only ever once played fewer than 25 games in a season - he's been a regular part of the furniture at Old Trafford.

But Smalling is now at Roma filling the void left by Kostas Manolas who joined Napoli in the summer.

And you have to say, he's absolutely smashing it.

Smalling's stats (taken from since moving to the Italian capital are astonishing and paint him as one of the most in-form centre-backs on the planet.

They stand out even more when compared to his replacement at United, and the most expensive defender in the world, Maguire.

Chris Smalling has been a revelation for AS Roma.

Maguire, for instance, makes an average of 0.5 tackles per game at a success rate of 57%; Smalling makes 1.7 per game with a success rate of 100%.

Yes, he hasn't missed a single tackle this season.

But there's more - Maguire has been dribbled past six times this season. Smalling? Zero. Virgil van Dijk numbers.

So perhaps the United man is making more interceptions? Well, Smalling has him beat there, too, making 1.7 per game to Maguire's 1.2.

Even in the air, Smalling is stronger.

Maguire is winning the ball in the air 3.4 times per game with a success of 71%. Smalling is winning 5.3 per game at a rate of 72%.

Maguire was made the world's most expensive defender in the summer.

Even with the ball, Smalling is outperforming his replacement.

Maguire's pass success rate is 87% to Smalling's 90%. Maguire is yet to score this season yet Smalling has one.

Honestly, the only area Maguire is winning is key passes - he makes 0.6 per game to Smalling's 0.1.

It's not an absolutely fair comparison given they're playing in different leagues, but Smalling is still winning across the board.

And so there can be little surprise that Roma reportedly want to make his move a permanent one.

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