Tottenham coach Ugo Ehiogu has explained what he feels has been the turning point for Ryan Mason.
Mason has turned into one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most reliable players, earning himself a new contract following his impact with the first team.
“He absolutely takes a lot of credit. As coaches we talked about the game he played for the under-21s, Sunderland away,” said Ehiogu.
“He didn’t think he would play or be involved – he gets through the game, gets selected on the Wednesday for Forest in the cup, scores a goal and hasn’t looked back – It’s fantastic for his character taking that opportunity.”
Ehiogu is well placed to offer an opinion on Mason having worked with him over the early part of the season as he fought to get into the Tottenham first team.
His comments suggest that Mason has seized his opportunity because he doesn’t appear to have been expecting it.
He’s formed good relationships in the middle of the first team with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Christian Eriksen among others, playing consistently in all areas across the middle of the team.
His big challenge will come when teams find ways to keep him quiet and to cut him out of big games.
If he can stay effective in the face of those tactics then he will give himself every chance of being consistent over a longer period of time.
He’s also a great example to any youngsters in the under-21 side that if they work hard enough and make the most of high profile opportunities when they come, they have a good chance of establishing themselves as a popular member of the Tottenham first team.