Pochettino praises Tottenham's 'fantastic' midfield prospect after Southampton display

Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason after he impressed against Southampton on Sunday.

Tottenham claimed their third win of the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Southampton, and it will have been a particularly sweet one for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was facing his former employers for the first time since leaving the South Coast for White Hart Lane this summer.

A first half goal from Christian Eriksen was enough to hand Spurs the three points against the Saints, with the win taking Tottenham up to sixth place, level on points with fourth placed Manchester United as Spurs look to break into the top four under Pochettino.

The Argentine enjoyed a spectacular time in charge at St. Mary's Stadium, leading Southampton to eighth place last season whilst getting the best out of a host of home-grown players like Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert.

Tottenham fans were certainly hoped that he could do the same for them with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane already on the fringes of the side, whilst Eric Dier and Ben Davies were brought in as Pochettino moulded the side into his new project.

Yet one youngster has seemingly become his new favourite player - Ryan Mason. The 23-year-old midfielder joined Spurs at the age of 16 but hadn't played a Premier League game for the club before this season, spending time on loan at Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town instead.

Under Pochettino though, Mason impressed against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup and was subsequently handed a start in what is arguably Tottenham's biggest game of the season - the trip across North London to face Arsenal. Mason certainly held his own alongside Etienne Capoue in midfield in that game, and his display at the Emirates Stadium meant he kept his place against Southampton on Sunday.

With 56 touches, 82% pass accuracy and four interceptions, Mason once again showed his promise for Tottenham, and Pochettino was full of praise for the former England youth international.

"He was a fantastic performance," Pochettino said. "He has a fantastic attitude, like all the players. I am happy with Ryan and happy with them all."

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