Why Spurs fans will be desperate for Ryan Mason to start v Palace

Compared to Crystal Palace's key playmaker, the Tottenham man ranks very well.

After his encouraging form so far this season, Tottenham Hotspur fans will be desperate for central midfielder Ryan Mason to start against Crystal Palace later today.

The 24-year-old scored the north London side's winner against Sunderland last Sunday afternoon but injured himself in the process.

As such, he's a fitness doubt ahead of the Premier League clash v Palace, according to the club's official website.

But a comparison with one of Crystal Palace's most prominent playmakers - Yohan Cabaye - shows just why Tottenham need Mason on Sunday.

 2015/16 Per Game InterceptionsTacklesDribblesChances CreatedAccurate PassesFinal-Third PassesMinutes Played
Yohan Cabaye 4.2 3 0.2 1.2 31.4 8.6 434
Ryan Mason 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.6 39.4 10 364

As Opta stats show, Mason's qualities as a playmaker have been clear for all Spurs fans to see so far this season.

Cabaye significantly outperforms him in the interceptions and tackles per game department - but that's what Tottenham have Eric Dier for, who averages the same amount of tackles per match as the Crystal Palace man. The 24-year-old wins more dribbles per game than Cabaye, creates more chances and lands far more passes.

A lot of Mason's passes a short and sideways but, against Sunderland, that approach of constantly finding the next pass eventually created the opportunity for him to net the winner for Tottenham.

Supporters, then, will no doubt hope the midfielder is fit to start v Crystal Palace later today.

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