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Pochettino confirms midfielder is set for regular role in Spurs side

Ryan Mason is currently in favour at Tottenham, despite missing out against Besiktas.

Many former pro footballers have often said that the toughest thing for a young player is not breaking into the first team, but staying there. 

So Mauricio Pochettino's words will be music to the ears of Spurs graduate Ryan Mason, who recently won a starting role against Arsenal in the North London derby.

Speaking before the game with Besiktas, Pochettino said the following words of encouragement for his young midfielder: “Ryan is a big talent.

“It was difficult the last two or three seasons for him. He got different injuries and played in different clubs and was always on loan.

“But when we started pre-season, we felt something special from him, so we waited for the moment he was ready to play and we gave him the chance.

“He is 23, but he is young and has never had the possibility to show his talent here.

“Now, he deserves it. He worked hard in pre-season and now it’s important for him to use this opportunity to stay in the Premier League and in the squad.”

The youngster was not part of the squad against Besiktas on Thursday night, but such a move is normally a good sign for Tottenham's multi competition spanning squad that such figures are likely to feature in the next league game.

It could well see Mason make his home Premier League debut against Pochettino's former club Southampton on Sunday, with the Saints flying high in this season's Premier League in second place.

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