Tottenham Hotspur failed to win for the third consecutive game, as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat away to Stoke City this weekend.
The Potters completed a Premier League double over Mauricio Pochettino’s men, having already defeated them 2-1 at White Hart Lane earlier in the campaign.
Much has been said about Pochettino’s team selections in recent times, and one player who clearly needs a rest is Ryan Mason.
The 23-year-old started again for Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium, making his 35th appearance this season. But against a Stoke side who fought for every ball and came away comfortable victors, Spurs needed more.
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On Saturday, Mason had a passing accuracy of 79 per cent – not bad given the fact Spurs were the away side – but he did little to prevent his midfield from being dominated, winning just one tackle and one interception all afternoon.
Tottenham needed bite, a catalyst, and Mason is not currently that player.
He failed to win a single aerial contest all afternoon and lost possession on 15 occasions, suggesting the time is right for Tottenham to shake things up and give one of their many other midfield options a chance for the remaining fixtures.