116 touches: Real Madrid loanee Mascarell prolific for Derby County, reacts on Twitter to first league start

Derby County stadium entrance

Omar Mascarell made his first start in the Championship for Derby County.

Derby County are the only Championship side able to boast they have a player on loan from Real Madrid.

Rams fans finally got a chance to take a prolonged look at him, with the Spanish midfielder selected from the start in the club's win over Blackpool.

The 1-0 win was enough to take Derby to the top of the table, with striker Chris Martin scoring the only goal.

Mascarell was impressive in central midfield, laying down a marker to retain his place in the side.

  GoalsScoring AttemptsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyWon TacklesInterceptionsMins Played
Omar Mascarell 0 1 0 1 84% 2 3 90

The 21-year-old created a chance and won two tackles, completing a high ratio of his passes. His 116 touches of the ball was a team high, and far more than Blackpool's most touch-heavy player, David Perkins, managed with 59.

It was the fourth highest number of touched made by any player in a single game in the Championship this season, and second most of any midfielder.

  PositionTeamMatchTouchesMins Played
Craig Forsyth DF Derby Derby vs Rotherham 131 90
Oliver Norwood MF Reading Reading vs Fulham 120 90
Tim Hoogland DF Fulham Ipswich vs Fulham 117 90
Omar Mascarell MF Derby Blackpool vs Derby 116 90
George Saville MF Wolves Blackpool vs Wolves 116 90

His journey at Derby is only just getting started, and last night was an extremely positive sign of what could be to come between now and the remainder of the season.

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