The Stambouli stat that makes a mockery of Tottenham's first-choice midfielders

Tottenham Hotspur Logo

The Frenchman came on for Tottenham Hotspur during their 2-0 win over Hull City.

Tottenham supporters were treated to a rare sighting of Benjamin Stambouli on Saturday afternoon.

The midfielder came on and played a whole 11 minutes against Hull - an achievement in itself considering Mauricio Pochettino's reluctance to pick him recently.

And, while the north London side outclassed Hull all the same, Stambouli still managed to make an impression.

Indeed, one statistic in particular made a mockery of Tottenham's first-choice partnership in central midfield of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.

  TacklesMinutes Played
Erik Lamela 4 90
Federico Fazio 2 90
Benjamin Stambouli 2 11
Nabil Bentaleb 1 90
Christian Eriksen 1 58
Ryan Mason 1 79

As Opta stats show, Stambouli won two tackles in just 11 minutes of play - more than any other Spurs player aside from Erik Lamela or Federico Fazio.

Credit to Lamela, who has upped his game in recent weeks - but Bentaleb and Mason winning just one each in almost 180 combined minutes shows just what Tottenham currently lack in midfield.

Okay, they may not have needed to make those tackles against a struggling Hull Side. But Stambouli still found a way to win two within a few minutes of each other, while Bentaleb & Mason posted similarly poor stats in this problem area at Stoke City last weekend.

Spurs didn't really need Stambouli against Hull, of course, but the Tigers - with respect - are an almost-relegated side. If Tottenham stopped looking for improvements every time they beat a poor team, they'd never get anywhere.

With reports surfacing of Marseille interest in the 24-year-old, Pochettino would be wise to consider the fact Stambouli has far more fight - and is a much better tackler - than most of Tottenham's other midfielders.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch