Tottenham’s ‘new Makelele’ transfer target Giannelli Imbula betters Ryan Mason in four key areas

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula.

According to a report in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are pulling out the stops in order to secure a deal for highly-rated Marseille star Giannelli Imbula.

The 22-year-old has played 37 games for the French outfit this season, putting in a number of top performances which have garnered widespread praise across Europe.

With Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to bolster his ranks this summer, Imbula has been identified as one of the Argentine’s top targets with reports of a potential player swap-deal on the cards.

Giannelli is predominantly a defensive midfielder, therefore any move to White Hart Lane will see him compete with youngster Ryan Mason for a starting spot alongside Nabil Bentaleb.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Duel Winners per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GamePass Success % per GameAppearances
Ryan Mason 2 1.65 1.48 0.55 43.39 0.9 83.6% 31
Giannelli Imbula 2.4 1.2 1 1.2 53.8 0.9 89.8% 37

As per the table above, Imbula has impressed immensely during Marseille’s Champions League-chasing campaign and is shown to have out-performed Mason in a number of key areas.

From a defensive perspective, Imbula averages more tackles and aerial duel winners per league encounter, his 6ft 1inch frame allowing him to be an imposing force in the middle.

On the other hand, Mason averaged more interceptions and effective clearances during his 31 Premier League appearances over the course of the 2014-15 campaign.

When weighing up the two players’ ability in possession, it is the former French Under-21 international who clearly comes out on top in the proceeding categories.

Imbula averaged 53.8 completed passes with a highly-respected success rate of 89.8% during the French top-flight campaign, while also appearing capable of creating chances from deep.

With players like Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli unable to impose themselves at Spurs last season, Imbula without doubt appears to be a big step-up in class.

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