One of the more interesting loan moves on transfer deadline day was Tottenham starlet Ryan Mason taking his talents on loan to Ligue One. How is it going?
Tottenham's youngsters were sent scrambling across Europe like fired from a scattergun on deadline day.
Souleymane Coulibaly to Grosseto, Italy; Alex Pritchard to Peterborough, England, Tomislav Gomelt to Espanyol, Spain, and Ryan Mason to Lorient, France.
It is the latter who we are taking a look at in this instance, and his choice to make an interesting move to Ligue One.
Mason is an attacking midfielder born just a short drive from White Hart Lane, and at 21-years-old he made his first start for Spurs earlier this season in the League Cup against Carlisle, and also featuring as a substitute in the Europa League against Lazio.
But Andre Villas-Boas judged he was still not quite ready to make the step up full time and gave the green light to a loan switch on January 31st.
He ended up at French side Lorient, currently ninth in the division, led by former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
So how is Mason getting on? Well currently, he isn't. Mason is yet to play a single minute for the French side during his first month or so at the club.
He has though been trying to acclimatise to the cultural differences of his move as the following Tweet shows.
Left hand drive on the right side of the road 100% concentration— Ryan Mason (@Ryan_Mason13) February 22, 2013
But another message posted a week later could be taken to indicate he is not too happy so far, although alternatively he could just be unhappy at his breakfast order, and while pressed to elaborate by fellow loanee Adam Smith at Millwall, probably wisely chose not to.
How I wish I could tweet my mind right now!— Ryan Mason (@Ryan_Mason13) February 22, 2013
Now it would be easy to insinuate with a headline that Mason is not enjoying his time there, but we can't because quite simply there are no facts to back that up.
What we do know is that Mason has a great opportunity in France, to play top flight football and he must keep working hard to get the best out of it.
Sport is about overcoming adversity and Mason mustn't give up, he has nothing to lose at present, and you would imagine that sometime between now and the end of the season his chance will come.
He is only in his first month abroad with a new team at a level which is a step up from the under-21s. Any first team action that comes his way will be a bonus for him, as it didn't look like it was happening in the Premier League this season.
We hope to be able to report back in the near future that he is indeed making himself at home across the channel, and the loan will be worthwhile.
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