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

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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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