Tom Carroll beat entire Spurs team in key statistic last weekend

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The Tottenham loanee produced some impressive passing stats for Swansea against Manchester City.

Tom Carroll has long been held up as one of the top talents at White Hart Lane, although the 22-year-old must surely be sick of comparisons with former Spurs hero Luka Modric, a player who has taken his talents to the very top with Real Madrid.

Though those comparisons with the Croatian are obviously a hint at the younger player's vast promise, Carroll has been unable to justify those claims in the two or three seasons since they were first levelled at him, meaning they've surely been more of a burden than an endorsement.

But with his recent loan switch to Swansea, a team notorious for playing a strong passing game at all times, the youngster has had the chance to get used to Premier League football while also employing a style of play very much in keeping with his natural game.

And against Manchester City at the weekend, even though the Swans lost, Carroll gave a strong indication that he is growing into a bonafide Premier League footballer by posting some impressive passing statistics during his 67 minutes on the pitch.

  TeamPassing AccuracyAccurate PassMins Played
Tom Carroll Swansea 97.44% 38 67
Mousa Dembélé Tottenham 94.29% 33 59
Ki Sung-Yueng Swansea 92.75% 64 90
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 91.14% 72 90

Considering how Spurs fared when they visited the Etihad, Swansea's narrow 2-1 loss to the Champions looks impressive in comparison.

And though Tom Carroll did much of his work in a deeper position than where he could really do damage to the City defence, he managed to put together a fantastic 97% passing accuracy. That is better than any other Swansea player or indeed anyone at his parent club last weekend, where Mousa Dembele came closest to the England Under-21 international.

In fact such was his passing performance that Carroll only misplaced one pass all game, which also meant that his passing percentage was in the top five footballers from that round of fixtures, and above the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Yaya Toure.

With Tottenham fans long mourning Modric's departure, the signs from South Wales are promising that Spurs may have someone not to replace the Croatian star, but at least to provide an alternative to what the club currently have in midfield. 

One question worth asking though is, should Spurs have even sent him out on loan this season?

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