Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has been singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Ryan Mason in The Daily Mail.
Both Kane and Mason are enjoying a breakthrough season and are likely to start against Arsenal in the North London derby on Saturday.
England Under-21 international striker Kane has scored 20 goals in all competitions already this season, including 10 in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old late bloomer Mason has gradually established himself in Tottenham’s midfield.
Both players were recently handed new contracts, and Carragher backs Spurs’ decision to do so.
Writing in The Daily Mail, the former Liverpool defender explained that it is because of the duo that Tottenham will not have the “mental block” that they have had in previous years.
“Going into this game, though, Tottenham have two young, local boys who won’t be daunted by the occasion and who will be desperate to get one over on their fiercest rivals,” wrote the 37-year-old.
“I have been impressed with both Harry Kane and Ryan Mason. Kane, in particular, has blossomed in recent months. He has a touch of class to go with his goals and work-rate and has established himself as Tottenham’s main striker.
“It was smart business by Tottenham to secure both players on long-term deals this week as they represent the future of the club.”
Kane and Mason have indeed been very good for Spurs, and one cannot help but agree with Carragher on that Tottenham did well to secure their services on long-term contracts.
Both players are products of Tottenham’s well-known youth system and have had to break into the first team the hard way.
Kane and Mason both have had to head out on loan in previous years after finding their path to the first team blocked.
This campaign, though, under manager Mauricio Pochettino, the two English players have found their feet.
However, one should not get carried away just yet. As good as Kane and Mason have been, they have been playing regularly in the Premier League for only a few months.
The future is unpredictable.