Tottenham Hotspur secured a great result against Arsenal over the weekend to improve their standing in the race for a Champions League place.
Harry Kane has grabbed the headlines for scoring both goals during the game, with Christian Eriksen also getting a lot of press attention over the last couple of weeks.
However, one Spurs star who played well during the game, showing his quality in midfield was Ryan Mason and the 23-year-old has all of the qualities needed to be a future captain for the team.
Mason was all over any Arsenal attacker who came near him. He smothered Arsenal’s best players and made it difficult for them to play in their normal manner.
He was one of the first to get stuck in during the game and led by example, which is important for any player who could become a captain in the future.
He didn’t just do the gritty things well, but also passed effectively, releasing the pressure from the defence and helping the midfield and attack keep Arsenal pinned inside their own half.
This is also a player who promises longevity, with the BBC among the sources to confirm his new contract last month.
That commitment shows he’s not going anywhere and will be a continuous part of Tottenham’s midfield, certainly under Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino will have been impressed by the impact Mason had in the game against Arsenal and from the way he’s played this season.
He wasn’t considered when Pochettino named Younes Kaboul as his captain earlier in the season and Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor as his vice-captains.
All three of those players could arguably end their associations with Tottenham sooner than Mason, and the midfielder is well placed to step up and fill the captaincy void which is left behind.