Ryan Mason has explained to the Spurs website the impact Mauricio Pochettino had on him signing a new contract.
Mason has signed a long term deal, which keeps him at the club until at least 2020 and he’s paid tribute to the boss after confirmation of the deal.
“I’ve worked hard, a lot of work over the years has gone into what has happened this season and this time I’ve a manager who has faith in me and stuck me in,” said Mason.
“I can’t stress enough the faith the gaffer has put in me and hopefully I can carry on repaying him.”
Mason has proven to be one of the most important midfield men for Pochettino in the Premier League this season, starting 14 games and making one appearances off the bench.
He’s a great example of what can be achieved by any young player at Spurs, if they work hard and focus on grabbing the Argentine’s attention.
The challenge for Mason over the second half of the season is how he can say effective once teams start trying new ways to prevent him from having any impact on big games.
He’ll also be under pressure considering the length of the deal and commitment shown by the club.
The fans also now have a strong expectation surrounding him and he needs to react well when he hits patches of bad form over the rest of the campaign.
Those patches are also going to test Pochettino and he needs to continue showing the same faith Mason talks about, which should help to prevent the midfielder’s head from dropping.
All in all, it’s good news for the player and the result of a gusty decision made by the boss.