'He's strong...and more than he believes' - Pochettino on Ryan Mason

Tottenham Hotspur's manager has praised Ryan Mason's ability.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants Ryan Mason to have greater belief in his own talents. 

The 23-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a brilliant season since breaking through into the Spurs first team set-up and he is now one of the side's key players. 

It is a remarkable rise for a player whose future was in doubt over the summer, but Pochettino feels that even further improvements could be achieved if Mason had as much faith in his own ability as the club do in him. 

"He's strong - and more than he believes," Pochettino said to Sky Sports. "We show him that he has improved his physical condition from the beginning of the season.

"Yes, we need to be careful but it's the same for all young players. He is a 23-year-old, but that is still young for the Premier League. It's his first season.

"I think that is a merit from the club and the staff because the first thing is you believe in the player. "

Mason's career prior to this season appeared to be petering out into mediocrity. A series of loan spells and injuries, combined with a lack of faith from previous managers, had seen him fall out of contention. 

However, he looks one of Spurs's most effective midfielders in their current squad and his worth is increasing by the game. 

Mason has played 14 times for Tottenham to date and, if he can maintain his current standard, this total only looks set to increase as the season progresses. 

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