Ex-Spurs star on broken promises, and Mason being held back

Former Tottenham Hotspur player Jake Livermore says that Ryan Mason should have been starting for the club three years ago.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jake Livermore has slammed the club's youth-team policy today, saying that he left as a result of a number of broken promises.

Livermore came through the club's academy, but failed to ever make himself a regular starter for the side and ended up leaving to join Hull City last summer. 

He says that it was a move that he had to make after growing frustrated at White Hart Lane at the lack of opportunities he was given, despite being promised otherwise. 

Livermore feels that the club's treatment of Ryan Mason is evidence of their lack of faith in their youth-products, and he says that his former teammate should have been in the first-team three years ago. 

“Look at Ryan Mason," he said to the Hull Daily Mail. "He's made the breakthrough now but it should have happened three years ago when he was playing even better in my opinion.

"I was a local boy and Tottenham are my club, ten minutes from my home, but I had to get away and if it meant going 200 miles to play regular football then so be it.

“It was my decision. I’d had too many broken promises over the years at Tottenham; coaches saying I would get my chance if I played well then you would find another eight midfielders suddenly ahead of you."

Since leaving Tottenham, Livermore has gone on to excel in his new surroundings and is one of the key players at the KC Stadium.

His energy in midfield has impressed and he is becoming a well-regarded Premier League player.

His opinion on Spurs' youth-academy is actually one Mauricio Pochettino shares, and it seems that things could be changing at White Hart Lane under the Argentine.

Pochettino has already expressed a desire to start utilising the club's youngsters more regularly and putting more faith in them to perform. 

So far this season the likes of Andros Towsend, Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and the aforementioned Mason have all been used in the first-team after making the break through and it seems that more could follow suit in the near future. 

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