Five key areas Tottenham Hotspur's reported transfer target trumps Ryan Mason

How do Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan Mason and Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho compare?

According to a report in the Spanish paper Marca on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur have informed Malaga of their intention to lodge a summer bid for star midfielder Ignacio Camacho.

The 24-year-old has been superb in Spain’s Andalusia region this season, earning widespread praise plus a full international call-up and subsequent first cap in November.

Renowned as a holding player, tough in the tackle and easy on the ball, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s reported interest in him isn’t surprising given his previous ties to and knowledge of La Liga.

But what many Spurs fans might be questioning is how well Camacho compares with home favourite Ryan Mason and whether he would be a step up on the White Hart Lane youth prodigy.

  LeagueTackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Duels Won per GameFouls GAMETotal Passes per GamePass Completion %Matches
Ryan Mason Premier League 2.45 1.25 1.45 0.45 0.8 50.2 82.1% 20
Ignacio Camacho La Liga 3.3 2.7 3 4.8 1.9 50.8 74.7% 20

Well, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, results are pretty conclusive from a statistical point of view as the Spaniard trumps Mason in as many as five key midfield categories.

The Malaga ace outperforms the Spurs defensive midfielder in terms of tackles made, interceptions and effective clearances on average per match.

Moreover, despite being just short of 5ft 10inch, Camacho has an incredible leap on him and wins on average 4.8 aerial duels per match whereas Mason records a mere 0.45 average.

Spurs’ 23-year-old has been one of the big pluses from this season and his quality on the ball regarding control and passing has been excellent – averaging an impressive 82.1% completion rate.

Camacho, on the other hand, falls behind in this area with an average pass success rate of 74.7% and the Spaniard also commits on average more fouls than the Mason.

However, the former Atletico Madrid man is a proven combative midfield enforcer and with the sheer number of quality Spanish midfielders available for selection, gaining international recognition is certainly impressive.

The report in Marca goes on to say that the Lilywhites are not alone in their interest for the player and it could take as much as €20 million – his reported release clause - to prise him away.

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