The bloke has been at the heart of a defence that's away record is only worsened by Wigan and Blackburn and sits 10th as far as goals conceded go, along with WBA (35). His tackling and interceptions record this season has been shocking and directly he's been at fault for a number of goals.
But forget that, we've conceded a whack of goals in the last couple of games so let's all of a sudden decide Mertesacker might be good. In light of two shocking team performances.
35 goals conceded is poor granted, but to blame Mertesacker for that is slightly skewed logic in my opinion when you consider we had conceded 10 of those goals in 3 games before he arrived. So his record is played 21 league games and the team conceded 25 goals in those games. So his goals conceded per game is 1.19 per game
Koscielney's record is played in 23 league games this season and the team conceded 32 goals in those games.so his goals conceded per game is 1.39
Added to that, and these are quite amazing facts, the most he has played with a settled back four this season is 4 times, yes 4 times I said. That settled back 4 was Djourou Koscielney Vermaelen And Mertesacker. So that means that his most settled defence this season has been Four centre backs, one playing left full and one playing right full. Added to that fact, in his 21 league games he has played in 12 (yes 12) different back fours.
Is it any wonder that a player who was signed on the last day of the transfer deadline day, did not have a pre season with his team mates, and was coming into a team whose confidence was decimated has struggled a bit with the Premier League ??? I think most foreign defenders would struggle when you look at all the facts that he has had to contend with.
Just as an aside John Terrys record this season is 1.14 goals conceded per game