Former Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Anthony Hudson told talkSPORT that Ryan Mason was the player who always stood out for him, when he was at the club.
Hudson worked at Tottenham during the Harry Redknapp era and was quizzed by the radio station over which players caught his eye as he was working with the youth ranks.
“Ryan Mason for me, he was just so exciting when I was there. I’ve always loved him and I love that sort of player,” said Hudson.
Mason has emerged as one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important midfield players this season.
He’s a versatile middle man who hurries about the pitch, snapping at the heels of opposition players and someone who generally tries to set the tempo of the way Tottenham play.
He also has leadership qualities, which work in his favour and make him a player that the manager and his teammates can turn to during difficult periods.
Tottenham deserve credit for getting him tied down on a new deal during January and he now faces a challenge looking ahead to next season.
He’s no longer a surprise package and will be a key player of Tottenham’s team that opposition sides are going to know about.
If he can find ways to stay effective in all matches next season and against different sets of tactics, he has a great chance of producing the same form and consistency he’s shown for the majority of this campaign.