Ryan Mason posting offensive stats comparable to Yaya Toure

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The Tottenham graduate is continuing to look the part in Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Tottenham's Ryan Mason seemingly came from nowhere this season to win a spot in Mauricio Pochettino's expensively assembled squad.

Many would have been thinking that it was only a matter of time before he suffered a dip in form, or made way for one of the multi-million pound signings of the last two years, like Brazilian international Paulinho. But in fact, the Englishman has grown into his role as a favourite of Pochettino, and is now contributing improving statistics to his play.

When he initially came into the team, Mason was a little short when it came to passing accuracy, at least when compared to the division's strongest midfielders. That is something Mason has addressed in recent weeks, and against Hull last weekend he produced a performance statistically up there with the biggest midfield names in the country.

Premier League match day 12

  TeamTouchesSuccessful Final Third PassesFwd PassPassing Accuracy
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 174 64 44 94.12%
Yaya Touré Man City 119 26 32 88.24%
Ryan Mason Tottenham 117 27 31 90.29%
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 107 40 16 91.84%
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 105 30 20 91.14%

Looking at the data from the last round of Premier League fixtures it is obvious just how far Mason has come since his promising earlier appearances for Spurs.

Though of course Chelsea and Spurs benefitted from playing against 10 men at the weekend, with the Blues playing the majority of the game against a West Brom side already losing and then seeing Claudio Yacob dismissed, it is still some surprise to see Mason's name in such an illustrious list.

With the other four present often lauded as some of the Premier League's top midfield talents, Mason's ability to get on the ball (with 117 touches against Hull) and play offensive passes with a high success rate really does indicate that he fully deserves his place in Mauricio Pochettino's starting lineup, especially when you see how little there is between the 23-year-old and Manchester City's Yaya Toure.

If he can add a bit more of a goal threat, it isn't beyond the realms of possibility to think Mason could start to be talked about as a possible England cap. 

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