Spurs prospect hails Saints' squad, expects tough test this weekend

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Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason has praised the quality of Southampton's team and says he expects a tough test in their game this weekend.

Ryan Mason has hailed the strength of Southampton's squad and says that Tottenham Hotspur expect a tough test when they take on the Saints at the weekend.

Mason has been brought into the Spurs side recently by Mauricio Pochettino, and he says that he admires the faith that Southampton put in their younger players. 

"Over the years Southampton have been packed full of good young players, some of whom our gaffer [Pochettino] helped bring through last season,” he said to Tottenham's official site. “Some of them have gone on to shine now at other clubs and a lot are still involved at Southampton.

“I’ve played against them in reserve team football in the last couple of years, so I know exactly what they can bring to the table. They’ve made an impressive start to the season and we know we’ll have to be at our best.”

Southampton currently lie in second position in the Premier League after an incredible start to their campaign.

Many had feared for the side after a number of key players departed over the summer, but they appear to have compensated for their losses well.

Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers all left St. Mary's, but Ronald Koeman's team have ensured that they haven't been missed so far.

Instead, the squad seem to have improved in adversity and the remaining members of the squad have stepped up to the added responsibility. 

This is in stark contrast to Spurs, who are out of form having not won for the entirety of last month in the league and, as a result, Southampton will be confident of getting a result from White Hart Lane.

Spurs have already lost to West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool so far and another defeat to the South-Coast club would be a major dent to their already fragile confidence. 

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