Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender vs Tottenham's Ryan Mason: German comes out on top in four key areas

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We take a statistical look at what the reported Spurs target would bring to Mauricio Pochettino's team...

The Telegraph have today reported that the capture of Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender has been made a priority by Tottenham Hotspur, with the London Evening Standard also carrying the story.

We've taken a look at how a selection of his league statistics from last season compare with the man whose position would most be under threat by his arrival - Ryan Mason.

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes (per 90 mins)Pass CompletionTackles Won (per 90 mins)Aerial Duels WonInterceptions (per 90 mins)Blocks (per 90 mins)Minutes Played
Sven Bender 0 0 0.78 79% 2.99 53.6% 3.06 0.29 1263
Ryan Mason 1 4 0.97 84% 2.41 40% 1.98 0.16 2316

Bender's defensive nature is highlighted by his failure to register a goal or assist, while Mason's attacking instincts saw him grab one goal and set up four in all. It must also be noted that Mason played nearly twice as many minutes as Bender, owing to an injury-hit campaign for the German,

Mason's fondness for playing higher up the pitch also resulted in a higher number of key passes per minute - 0.97 to Bender's 0.78 - and he was slightly more accurate in his distribution too, completing 84% of his passes as opposed to the German's 79%

The defensive side of the game is Bender's strength, and the 26-year old got the better of Mason in four key areas.

He won more tackles, completed more interceptions and made more blocks per 90 minutes than the Spurs man - recording figures of 2.99, 3.06 and 0.29 compared to Mason's 2.41, 1.98 and 0.16, respectively.

Bender's three inch height advantage was also used to great effect - winning 53.6% of his aerial duels while Mason only came out on top 40% of the time.

The stats paint a clear picture as to the type of signing Bender would be for Spurs.

He is a defensive midfielder of the truest form and it's a role Spurs have yet to really cover since Sandro's exit. Eric Dier impressed against Manchester United but he is still young and learning the requirements of the position.

If Pochettino intends to use Dier in a midfield role in the long-run, having a player of the calibre of Bender to learn from would be hugely beneficial for the young Englishman.

His arrival would also free up the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Mason and Dele Alli to operate in a more advanced role, where their attacking natures would be best utilised.

While securing reinforcements up front should be Tottenham's main priority, the signing of Bender would be a major coup and would signal the arrival of the specialist defensive midfielder Spurs have been crying out for.

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