Tottenham's Ryan Mason finds a different way to stand out against Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur prospect Ryan Mason made as many interceptions than his fellow midfielders did combined.

Ryan Mason gatecrashed the Tottenham Hotspur first team last month with a thunderous strike against Nottingham Forest.

A substitute that night, his game-turning performance has led to head coach Mauricio Pochettino installing him as a starter ever since.

He played all 90 minutes against Pochettino's former side, helping them to a 1-0 victory.

Mason impressed once again, showing a different side to his game, compared to the vibrant attacking efforts of his Capital One Cup cameo.

The 23-year-old as many interceptions than the rest of Tottenham's midfield combined, illustrating his superb reading of the game.

Ryan Mason 4 90
Etienne Capoue 3 90
Erik Lamela 1 89
Nacer Chadli 0 90
Mousa Dembélé 0 8
Christian Eriksen 0 82

Mason was playing alongside Capoue in a deeper role, preferred to Nabil Bentaleb, and demonstrated he can be effective in such a position.

He did not create any chances or attempt a shot at goal, but did make two tackles, while completing 82 per cent of his passes.

It was Tottenham's first victory in the Premier League in over a month, and one which takes them above rivals Arsenal in the table.

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