Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been singing the praises of teammate Ryan Mason on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
A late bloomer, the 23-year-old has established himself as a first-team regular under manager Mauricio Pochettino and has made 16 Premier League appearances this campaign.
In those 16 matches, Mason has a created a total of 14 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 81%, and has won 53% of the duels.
Former USA goalkeeper Friedal has now underlined the impact the Englishman has made at White Hart Lane this campaign.
“There is another player that people should be taking note of and that is Ryan Mason,” the 43-year-old told talkSPORT. “I don’t think many Tottenham fans thought that he would be in our 25-man squad this year and maybe thought he wouldn’t even be at the club.
“In pre-season he impressed that much that they had to give him his opportunity and since he banged in that goal in the League Cup [against Nottingham Forest] he’s gone from strength to strength.”
North London derby
Mason is likely to start the North London derby against Arsenal on Saturday, and he will be crucial for Tottenham.
Calm and composed on the ball with the knack to move it forward, the 23-year-old will have to be at his best against the Gunners.
Perhaps not the most physically imposing of players, the central midfielder has shown the intelligence needed to break early attacks.
While often not getting the praise that his teammates Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris get, Mason could ply a pivotal role against bitter rivals Arsenal on Saturday.