Jamie Redknapp: Spurs' PL debutant Ryan Mason like Aaron Ramsey

The former Tottenham player made a point of praising the young midfielder after an impressive performance against Arsenal.

Tottenham's young midfielder Ryan Mason made his Premier League debut in the cauldron of a North London derby, yet came away from the game looking every inch a player capable of making a name for himself at the top level of English football.

He was tenacious in tracking the Arsenal midfield, and creative and skilful with the ball at his feet and also with his passing.

The 23-year-old, who has played up to England Under-20 level, certainly impressed former Spurs stars Jamie Redknapp and Sol Campbell in the North London derby, the former stating that he reminds him of Aaron Ramsey for their crosstown rivals.

"He glides around the pitch, he can pick a pass," said the former Liverpool captain.

"He moves around a lot like like Aaron Ramsey."

Though Redknapp would be the first to admit Mason has a long way to go to reach the Welshman's level, the way he carried the ball, and came forward with purpose, was something that has very much been missing from the Spurs midfield this season.

It has been six years since the attacking midfielder made his debut against NEC during a Europa League game, and in that time Mason has played for six clubs yet managed to make just 83 appearances.

It was Jamie's dad Harry Redknapp who gave the then 17-year-old his debut, and though there have been occasional appearances for the club in cup competitions, the bulk of the Enfield-born player's football has come out on loan, where he has steadily moved up the divisions, culminating in a decent spell with Swindon Town last year.

Often his loans have been hampered by injury, so it is telling that Mason is benefitting from a period of sustained fitness, and he scored a stunning first goal for Spurs in the midweek win over Nottingham Forest, having come off the bench.

Campbell, co-commentating on the game for Sky Sports, had a word of warning for Mason, himself having come through the academy at White Hart Lane.

"The hardest thing now will be staying in the team," said the ex-England man.

"He’s got all the tools there, he just has to apply them."

It is strange that Spurs waited so long to be convinced they could put those tools to use at the top level.

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