Mason leads way in stats on Spurs debut, claims 'it’s been a surreal week'

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The young Englishman caught the eye during Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason made his belated league debut for Spurs yesterday against fierce London rivals Arsenal.

Mason had first turned out for Spurs some six years ago in one of Harry Redknapp’s first games in charge. Featuring as a substitute against NEC Nijmegen in the then UEFA Cup in 2008, he only managed three more appearances since that time, instead taking in a number of loan spells, before his dramatic introduction to Tottenham’s League Cup match against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Mason smashed home a wonderful equaliser to set the home side on the way to a win, and impressed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino so much that he found himself starting at the Emirates just a few days later – a fixture difficult to eclipse especially as a North Londoner himself.

And as Spurs dealt superbly with Arsenal’s attacking threat, Mason himself impressed in a midfield that for a long time looked to be heading for a win through Nacer Chadli’s opener, only for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score the leveler with 15 minutes left.

Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old was delighted to have turned out in his first Premier League appearance.

“It’s been a surreal week for me,” Mason admitted. “I scored my first goal against Forest on Wednesday and to make my [league] debut was amazing.

“It was tough in the middle of the park. I had a reserve game on Monday and played 90 minutes against Sunderland, I didn’t think I’d play 90 but I felt fine out there, got through it and I’m pleased.

“It was a massive stage to make my debut and a proud moment for me. I’ve waited a long time and now I want to make the most of it.

“We got a good result as well and that makes it all the more special.”

Mason was second only to Etienne Capoue when it came to Spurs players making successful passes as the stats below indicates, though with the visitors under pressure for much of the game, both were some way short of Arsenal’s top passers. 

  TeamPosTouchesAccurate PassFwd Pass
Danny Rose Spurs DF 54 19 8
Ryan Mason Spurs MF 51 25 18
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 50 27 12

The former Swindon loanee was also second when it came to touches for Spurs, and was comfortably ahead when it came to forward passes against Arsenal. 

If he keeps such encouraging form up, t looks likely Mason may finally start to kick on with his Spurs career after so long being on the periphery.

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