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Pochettino: This youngster's good form doesn’t surprise me

The Tottenham manager claimed the young midfielder fully deserved his recent opportunity.

Ryan Mason has impressed plenty of people over the last few days, though his Tottenham manager wasn't too surprised by what he saw on the pitch.

The young Englishman has seemingly come from nowhere to impact the Spurs first team picture, scoring a stunning goal this time last week to bring Spurs level in the League Cup game with Nottingham Forest, before starting his first Premier League game at the weekend, in the North London derby no less.

And despite not making his league debut until the age of 23, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed not to have been surprised by the player's confident first team outings, having been hugely impressed with the midfielder once he took over at White Hart Lane in the summer.

The former Southampton boss took Mason on the club's North American tour in July, where he first caught the eye, though an injury deprived the young playmaker of fitness just ahead of the opener against West Ham.

But Pochettino didn't forget about Mason, who had only made four appearances for Tottenham during his six years as a professional.

“Ryan is not a surprise for me, maybe for the people who don’t know him, but no surprise for me,” said the Argentine.

“He had a very good performance in the pre-season tour of America and I discovered his talents there, because before I’d never seen him play. We first saw him when we arrived here.

“He deserved his moment because he worked hard, showed ambition and energy and for the team, that’s very important. He’s also a very good guy.

“We need to be careful with him, he’s younger and the last two or three seasons have been difficult for him. We need to help him and maybe he’ll be an important player for Tottenham."

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