Arsenal legend Thierry Henry explained to Sky Sports during the coverage of the League Cup final, a unique quality he sees in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason.
Henry was left purring over the Spurs midfielder for the positive way he played in the North London derby earlier this season, showing a focus and intent to succeed in a difficult atmosphere.
“What I like about Mason is the desire – in some games I look at him and you know he’s thinking ‘we’re going to win today’,” said the Frenchman.
Unfortunately Mason, along with other players, was off the pace against Chelsea last weekend, but it’s a quality which should help him move forward over the rest of the season.
Tottenham’s two best players this season are Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, who have both scored important goals and made a difference in big games.
However, Mason has been consistently playing deeper in midfield and has the ability to surpass both if he can bottle up all of the good things he did in the game against the Gunners and use them in every match.
He looked a little overawed, as did several Tottenham players, by the occasion of playing at Wembley but in more familiar settings, he seems like a player who will be very difficult to get the better of.
His main challenge is to address that and find ways to be effective in all big games over the rest of the season.
It’s important for Mauricio Pochettino to have players who are full on in terms of desire all over his team.
Hopefully Mason will now have a burning desire to correct the heartbreak of defeat in the final last weekend.