Stats: The £9m man that kept Tottenham ticking against QPR

Etienne Capoue has made a bright start to the Premier League season under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.

There were any number of heroes Spurs fans could look to after their 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Eric Dier, a 20-year-old centre-back, scored his second goal in his second game for the club. Erik Lamela provided a magical performance from midfield. And Nacer Chadli scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur almost wiped an old rival off the turf at White Hart Lane.

But one man may have gone slightly more unnoticed with his contribution, only for statistics to show just how important he was.

Indeed, Etienne Capoue, brought to Spurs for £9 million last summer, was the man who made Tottenham tick against QPR. 

  TeamPosAccurate PassesInterceptions WonTouchesPassing Accuracy (%)AppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 110 2 133 89.43 1 90
Younes Kaboul Spurs DF 75 2 87 96.15 1 90
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs MF 59 1 77 85.51 1 59
Danny Rose Spurs DF 59 3 86 89.39 1 90
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 58 1 85 92.06 1 90

As Opta stats show, the Frenchman made far more accurate passes than anyone during his side's 4-0 win and took more touches of the ball than anyone from the north London side.

Capoue also won two interceptions and completed 89 per cent of his passes. That percentage was not as high as the likes of Christian Eriksen and Younes Kaboul - but consider the fact that the 26-year-old attempted 45 more passes than any of his team-mates.

  TeamPosFwd PassLeftside PassRightside PassBackward PassAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 24 45 40 14 1 90

Meanwhile, the direction of Capoue's passing was a constant benefit to his side. Only 14 of his passes went backwards, while 24 went forward (only Kaboul made more, easier from a starting position further back on the pitch).

Most of Capoue's went to the side and, interestingly, almost exactly the same amount went left and right.

When you consider that one of Tottenham's goals involved 48 passes, with a touch from every player, the importance of someone like Capoue cannot be underestimated.

Two games into the Premier League, the France midfielder now has the highest amount of accurate passes of anyone in the division - largely thanks to his impressive performance against QPR.

  TeamPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 173 2 180
Yaya Touré Man City MF 164 2 180
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea MF 154 2 180
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 149 2 180
Mark Noble West Ham MF 144 2 180

It appears, then, that new boss Mauricio Pochettino has targeted as many of Spurs' signings from last summer as he can to get the best out of his side.

Lamela, Chadli and more have so far impressed - but it is Capoue who is pulling the strings behind the Renaissance.

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