Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Pritchard is hoping to emulate Ryan Mason and make the breakthrough at White Hart Lane.
Pritchard has played with the central-midifelder at youth and reserve level at Spurs and now he is hoping to follow in his friend's footsteps.
The 21-year-old has been identified as a potential first-team star by the Lilywhites' youth-coaches, but has been allowed out on loan this season to Brentford and Pritchard admits that the Bees remain his first priority for the time being.
“Of course I do look at that and think ‘I want a bit of that’," he said to West London Sport. "But I’m not there, I’m away from it, playing football and concentrating on myself at Brentford.”
It was not too long ago that Mason was out on loan at Swindon Town so Pritchard will know that if he can impress whilst down in the Championship he can still force his way back into the first-team.
Mason has had to wait until he was 23-years-old to finally make the cut at Spurs, showing that time is on his side, but Pritchard feels his teammate was made to wait too long.
“Its great to see Ryan doing so well; to have come on and scored and then got his start against Arsenal,” he said.
“He can go right to the top with his ability. He’s got his head screwed on and is a good professional.
“He’s waited longer for his chance than he probably should have, but he has the dedication. He’s a great lad and he deserves what he’s getting right now.
Since making his debut for Spurs in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest, Mason has kept his place for games against Arsenal and Southampton and now looks set to play a major part in Spurs' team.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have made a decent start to the season, getting into sixth position in the table, but they will be hoping to progress further after the international break.