Ryan Mason outclassed former Spurs man Sandro in five key areas

Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan Mason was at the top of his game yesterday.

Tottenham Hotspur ace Ryan Mason showed exactly why he’s so highly rated at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as he outclassed former Spurs ace Sandro in the midfield battle at Loftus Road.

Brazilian international Sandro joined Spurs in 2010 and spent four years in North London before switching to Loftus Road in September for an undisclosed fee.

In his stead, Mauricio Pochettino has placed his faith in youngster Mason, and once again it has proven to be an excellent decision as the 23-year-old put in a solid performance.

Harry Kane scored two goals which earned the visitors a 2-1 victory and the striker will rightfully claim the plaudits, but it was Mason who provided the platform for Pochettino’s men to down the hosts.

  GoalsTacklesEffective ClearancesMidfield Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Sandro 1 3 0 6 3 27 12 89
Ryan Mason 0 5 3 13 3 62 37 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Swindon Town loan star helped the Lilywhites control the middle of the pitch by dominating Sandro in as many as five key categories.

Mason produced five tackles, three effective clearances and impressively recorded 13 victories in the midfield duels and 50/50s.

Furthermore the youngster was calm and assured in possession, taking 62 touches and making 37 accurate passes – more than doubling Sandro’s results in both categories.

The only area the former Internacional man came out on top was in finding the back of the net, though his late goal ultimately proved insignificant as the visitors held on for the three points.

It was an accomplished display from Mauricio Pochettino’s men overall, and one which the Argentine boss will take comfort from coming one week after their disappointing League Cup final defeat.

With just 10 games remaining, the White Hart Lane side’s success against the Hoops lifts them up to 50 points, three points behind Manchester United in fourth place in the Premier League.

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