Stats: Leicester man embarrasses Townsend; time Pochettino looked elsewhere?

Riyad Mahrez makes Andros Townsend look very bad indeed. Time for Tottenham Hotspur to turn to Erik Lamela?

Erik Lamela has received his fair share of criticism this term.

But it looks like time for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to turn his attentions back to the 22-year-old Argentine.

For his other option in the same position (barring some tinkering with his formation or switching of players from their most natural positions) - fresh from being hauled off before half-time at Manchester United last week - has been both worse than Lamela and a man he will be facing at White Hart Lane later today.

Indeed, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has statistically outshone Townsend this season. And, with that in mind, would it really be wise to start the 23-year-old against the Foxes?

  Accurate Crosses (per game)DribblesFinal-Third PassesChances CreatedAssistsMinutes Played
Riyad Mahrez 1.24 2.62 8.1 1.57 0.14 1,625
Erik Lamela 0.76 1.88 10.16 1.6 0.2 1,736
Andros Townsend 0.54 0.69 6.77 0.69 0.15 602

As Opta stats show, Leicester's Mahrez out-crosses both Lamela and Townsend - landing more than double the amount of crosses per game than the latter manages.

And the 24-year-old also out-dribbles the Tottenham duo, completely blitzing Townsend.

When it comes to final-third passes, Mahrez is (you guessed it) once again better than the England star - but here is where Lamela wins back some respect for the north London wingers.

The Argentine also creates marginally more chances per game than Mahrez (and, of course, Townsend) and the same goes for assists - although, here, Lamela's team-mate is also miraculously above their Leicester counterpart.

Regardless of how much Lamela may annoy some Spurs fans, then, with the amount of times he can give the ball away, the 22-year-old is a far superior alternative to Townsend right now.

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