Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted by the Daily Telegraph suggesting midfielder Ryan Mason could give more.
Mason has been one of Pochettino’s best midfield men so far this season, but he’s been challenged by the Argentine to improve and develop his impressive performances from this season.
“This is Ryan’s first full season, he is 23-years-old, but he has potential to improve more and, like Harry (Kane), he is progressing in a very good way,” said the boss.
“He has shown a lot of maturity and we are very happy.”
Mason has all the attributes to be effective in different roles for Tottenham and showed last week with his goal against Swansea that he has the attacking intelligence to weigh in with goals.
He’s at his best when he has the run of the opposition in the middle and is the sort of player who seems happy to sit and control the tempo of a game.
There are more talented and creative midfielders and arguably more aggressive players, but he goes about his business quietly and calmly and is very consistent.
Pochettino will probably be wary of trying to implement changes across his game right now because of how effective he’s been and will be over the rest of the season.
It’s arguable that he’ll take a look at Mason, and all other players, in the summer, before working on ways to improve strengths and eradicate weaknesses before the start of next season.
For now, the best approach is to let him go about his business because he’s definitely doing more right things at the moment.