Bentaleb v Mason: Comparing their 90-minute performances this season

Comparing Tottenham Hotspur duo Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has made plenty of headlines in recent weeks, following up his goal-scoring appearance against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup with a 90-minute outing in the north London derby last weekend.

It was a show of trust from Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino in a player who at 23 has had to wait a long time for his breakthrough at White Hart Lane, but seems to have finally made it.

Mason's emergence is similar to that of Nabil Bentaleb last season - a player who was known well by Tim Sherwood and trusted with a first-team spot almost as soon as the former player took charge of the club.

So how does Bentaleb's only 90-minute league game this season compare with Mason's performance against Arsenal?

Bentaleb started and finished the match against West Ham United, in which he had a pass accuracy of 89 per cent and played one key pass.  In contrast, Mason's passing accuracy against the Gunners was just 71 per cent while he failed to make any key passes.

Of course the first thing to note is Mason was thrown into one of the fiercest derbies in English football, but Bentaleb's performance came away to West Ham where Spurs had to fight until the very last seconds to secure a 1-0 win.

  MatchPassing AccuracyKey PassTouchesTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptInterception WonWon TackleDribblesMins Played
Nabil Bentaleb West Ham vs Tottenham 89% 1 87 1 1 2 2 0 90
Ryan Mason Arsenal vs Tottenham 71% 0 51 1 0 0 4 1 90

Bentaleb had 87 touches against West Ham while Mason managed just 51 against Arsenal, but with the home side having 69 per cent possession that is no surprise.

The two players had one scoring attempt apiece but Bentaleb's was the only one to be on target, while the Algerian international also won two interceptions while Mason did not win any.  That said, the older of the two won twice as many tackles against Arsenal than his teammate did against the Hammers, and in such a tight and passionate contest that is vital.

It is likely that both players now have a big future at Tottenham, but Mason's inclusion against Arsenal speaks volumes, and when he gets more experienced, he could soon be far outperforming Bentaleb and keeping him on the bench in the process.

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