Ryan Mason proves he will be key for Tottenham this season following Stoke display

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason impressed for Tottenham versus Stoke City.

Ryan Mason returned to the Tottenham starting line-up for the Lilywhites' first home game of the season versus Stoke. 

The Englishman lasted sixty-nine minutes, before being replaced by Nabil Bentaleb at White Hart Lane, and Spurs fans will be left aggrieved following the events that occurred in his absence. 

After goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli had given the hosts a commanding 2-0 lead, Stoke hit back late in the second period - first with a Mark Arnautovic penalty, and then with a Mame Biram Diouf equaliser in the closing stages.

While Mason's departure was not the only factor behind the visitor's resurgence, his energetic midfield display on his return to the starting-eleven was certainly a major factor behind his side's early dominance. 

  MatchTotal ShotsKey PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Successful DribblesDuels WonInterceptionsBlocksMins Played
Ryan Mason Tottenham vs Stoke 3 1 39 83 1 4 2 2 69

The Spurs midfielder will no doubt rue missed chances in front of goal - he recorded three attempts in total, hitting the target on just one occasion - but in truth, he looks unlikely to add goals to his game. 

However, it is Mason's work rate in the centre of the park that makes him such an asset for the Lilywhites, as he proved against Stoke this afternoon.

The 24-year-old won four duels in the middle, while blocking two shots and making two interceptions. 

Meanwhile, he completed 83% of his total attempted passes, while fashioning one chance for his teammates in the final third.

It was a promising performance from Mason, who continues to prove his quality for Spurs in the Premier League.

It is incredible to think that the Englishman was plying his trade with Swindon Town in League One just two seasons ago.

Now he looks a player capable of cementing a central midfield sport for years to come at White Hart Lane. 

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