Spurs ace Ryan Mason outshines Leicester's Esteban Cambiasso in five key areas

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How do Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan Mason and Leicester City’s Esteban Cambiasso compare?

Tottenham Hotspur take on Premier League strugglers Leicester City on Saturday looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Manchester United last weekend.

Spurs are still in the race for a top-four spot despite their diminishing chances and will rightfully be favourites to see of a Foxes team rooted to the foot of the table.

That said, Nigel Pearson’s men certainly aren’t a bad outfit and their 2-1 FA Cup win at White Hart Lane earlier in the season will give them confidence heading into their latest encounter in North London.

Spurs will look to Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to provide the spark, but the game could instead hinge on a key midfield battle between a rising young star and an accomplished veteran.

Ryan Mason vs Esteban Cambiasso

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameShots per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Ryan Mason 2.5 1.27 1.59 5.55 3.73 1.59 41.09 22
Esteban Cambiasso 1.29 2.19 0.9 3.95 4.71 0.76 27.19 21

The defensive midfielders have the important job of protecting the back four and providing the anchor in attacks but, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, Mason has shown to be the more dominant.

The former Swindon Town loan star has produced, on average, more tackles, effective clearances and defensive duel winners than his opponent on Saturday.

Cambiasso, a multiple trophy winner with Inter Milan at the San Siro – including the 2010 Champions League – has been given an incredibly difficult task of helping the Foxes stay up this season.

The Argentine veteran has for the most part been a solid player for the Foxes, producing on average 2.19 interceptions and 4.71 ball recoveries per Premier League encounter.

However, despite his best efforts, they have so far been in vain as Leicester slip towards an immediate relegation back to the Championship along with fellow debutants Burnley and Queens Park Rangers.

Going forward, Mason outshines Cambiasso in both the number of scoring attempts and the average number of passes made, producing an impressive 41.09 per match.

The 23-year-old has a huge future at White Hart Lane under boss Mauricio Pochettino, and comfortably outshining a renowned expert such as Cambiasso represents a hug stride in his development.

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