Tottenham breakout star admits captaining Spurs would be an ‘honour'

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason has admitted that he would love to be named Spurs captain in the future.

The 23-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a breakout year at White Hart Lane, cementing himself as a first-team star, and he has told the Standard that he would love to captain the Lilywhites in the future.

The Enfield-born midfielder, who has been with the club’s academy system since he was a teenager, has now started to properly impose himself in the senior Spurs set-up, despite making his debut back in 2008 in a UEFA Cup tie.

A highly-rated prospect at 18-years-old, his development somewhat stalled, and a series of loan moves away from White Hart Lane prevented him from making his mark in North London. After making his debut, Mason had managed just three further appearances - all in the 2012/13 season - prior to the start of this campaign.

However, he was included in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad for the Premier League season after impressing during Tottenham’s US tour, and he went on to make his first appearance of the campaign in a League Cup tie against Nottingham Forest. He put in a solid performance, scoring a long-range strike, and that was the catalyst for Spurs to reach the final of the same competition - to be played this weekend.

Mason earned his first Premier League start later that week, helping Spurs to a 1-1 draw with North London rivals Arsenal, and has since established himself as a first-team regular. He has 24 appearances to his name this term, and will likely total a lot more by the end of the campaign.

  Total TackleDuel WonInterceptionTotal PassBall RecoveryTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Ryan Mason 62 101 22 936 71 1,212 19 1,399

As a tough-tackling, highly-energetic central midfielder, Mason has been praised by all corners for his mature play and will to win. He appears very vocal on the pitch and has been touted by some as a future captain of Spurs, despite only enjoying just over half a season of top level football.

Speaking to the Standard, Mason addressed these claims that he could wear the armband at White Hart Lane, admitting that it would be an honour, although understanding that such a standing is a long way off.

“It would be an honour,” the 23-year-old said when asked if he would like to captain Spurs. “I believe if I improve in the way I want to and cement my place in the coming years then I hope it will come one day.

“I’m the sort of player who’s very vocal on the pitch and in the changing room. I’m not one of the younger lads so I do feel I have to take on a responsibility in the changing room.

“A lot of captains are centre-backs or central midfield players. I’m not getting carried away because there is a lot of work to be done but I would love to wear the armband at White Hart Lane.”

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