Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has admitted that while he had offers to move on, he always hoped he would get a chance at White Hart Lane.
The 23-year-old midfielder has had to wait extremely patiently for that chance to come, but Mauricio Pochettino has given it to him, and the attack-minded player has not let his boss down.
Mason has made four appearances for Tottenham this season, starting their last three Premier League matches, and he now seems to be a vital component of Pochettino’s squad.
“I always believed I was good enough. If I hadn’t believed that, I would have left. There have been times when I have been out on loan when I knew I would have had opportunities back at Spurs if I’d stayed, and I’ve had other circumstances where injuries have hampered me.”
But now the player is fit and ready to show what he can do on a consistent basis, becoming the latest young Tottenham player to be granted first-team opportunities.
Along with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs have a young core of players getting much-needed experience who could become key men for Tottenham over the next five to 10 years. And in Mason they have someone who has been waiting so long for his chance you sense he has no intention of wasting it.