Ryan Mason vs James Ward-Prowse: How did the Tottenham and Southampton youngsters compare?

The Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur youngsters have bright futures for club and country, but who came out on top in their meeting on Saturday?

Saturday’s early kick-off saw Southampton take on Tottenham at St Mary’s, with an entertaining contest producing a 2-2 draw.

The result did neither side any favours as they seek to secure their places in the Europa League, with Champions League qualification now unlikely as the season comes to a close.

Two players involved in the game were Ryan Mason and James Ward-Prowse, with the promising pair having impressed this season. Both are said to have bright futures for club and country, with the Tottenham man having already made his senior debut for England.

But which one came out on top in their weekend clash? We decided to compare their performances to find out.

  MatchTotal PassAccurate PassFwd PassTotal Final Third PassesSuccessful Final Third PassesPoss Lost AllTotal TackleWon Tackle
Ryan Mason Southampton vs Tottenham 82 69 18 18 12 15 6 4
James Ward-Prowse Southampton vs Tottenham 19 16 4 9 7 7 0 0

Arguably, passing is the key component of both players’ games so that’s where we’ll start. In terms of passing accuracy, the two were level with a score of 84%, although Ward-Prowse came out on top when it came to forward passes, with 25% of his total passes played in that direction compared to Mason’s tally of just 21%.

The Southampton man also came out on top in the successful final third passes column, with a success rate of 77%. In comparison, Mason had a success rate of 66%.

Unfortunately for the Tottenham man, Ward-Prowse also came out on the possession lost column, having lost it just seven times compared to the 15 times Mason gave the ball away.

However, the Spurs man didn’t lose out in all areas, having emerged as a clear victor when it came to tackling - with four of his six efforts halting an opponent, a success rate of 66%. In contrast, Ward Prowse didn’t make a single tackle in the game.

So then, a victory for Southampton youngster Ward-Prowse, but only by a narrow margin with Mason easily coming out on the defensive side of the game.

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