Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he thinks Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason is exceptional.
Wilkins was full of praise for the midfield dynamo and also applauded Tottenham for giving him the opportunity to express himself.
“I think Mason’s done exceptionally well. He gets himself about the pitch, he’s a good passer of the ball whether it be short or long, he’s got a great shot on him as well from distance,” said Wilkins.
“They’ve been given the opportunity to play – you never know what these young men can do unless they’re given an opportunity.”
Mason’s performances for Tottenham this season have earned him a new long term contract at the club and he’s now arguably Mauricio Pochettino’s most important central midfielder.
He’s almost a complete middle man and his challenge over the rest of the season will be to stay effective in the Premier League and the Europa League.
He’s under pressure because he’s set a high standard for himself but the list of qualities Wilkins has produced shows why and where he can stay effective in big games for the club.
It’s also down to the manager to continue to use him in the right way to keep him fresh and effective.
The temptation for Mauricio Pochettino will be to play him in every game, but that runs the risk of fatigue developing before the end of the campaign.
Tottenham can’t allow that to happen because if they are going to be a Champions League side next season, Mason needs to remain effective over the rest of the campaign.