Tottenham legend Alan Mullery 'very impressed' with Ryan Mason

Tottenham hero Alan Mullery has offered words of advice and support for Ryan Mason.

Tottenham legend Alan Mullery is no stranger to playing in midfield, as he made himself a Spurs legend in the late 60's and 70's, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup with the club.

His career as a manager wasn't too shabby either, taking Brighton and Hove Albion to two promotions and enjoying other spells with Charlton, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers before returning to Brighton.

Now 72, Mullery regularly turns his attention back to Tottenham, and today he's been focusing on their burgeoning midfielder Ryan Mason.

Mason, 23, has broken into the Tottenham first team this season after loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town in recent years.

Having earned plaudits from many fans and team mates, Mullery has admitted that he's been impressed with what Mason has had to offer.

"I've been very impressed," said Mullery. "When I look at him he’s not the biggest but he’s got all the touch, control and ability and you can see that in the matches he’s played so far. He doesn’t hide and that shows the hunger he's got to go out and play."

Mullery also offered some words of advice for Mason, saying that he needs to dominate games more to be considered a real force, and that his youth means he can still improve from that aspect.

"I’d like to see him dominate even more in there with that talent, he’s is relatively young still but go out and do it, have a go. He’s done well and I'd love to see him maintain it for the rest of the season," he added.

With rumours that the likes of Paulinho and Mousa Dembele could leave in the January transfer window, Mason should continue to feature for Spurs throughout the season.

If he continues to impress, Mason is likely to earn a new contract at White Hart Lane, with speculation earlier this month suggesting that a deal until 2018 is on the cards.

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