Ryan Mason: This is what makes Pochettino different to previous Tottenham managers

Ryan Mason has praised Mauricio Pochettino for his belief in young players.

Ryan Mason has told Sky Sports that Mauricio Pochettino's belief in young players sets him apart from previous Tottenham managers.

Mason, 23, has come up through the ranks at Tottenham, but it has taken him some time to make an impact in the first team at White Hart Lane.

The central midfielder had loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town, and it looked as though his Spurs career was coming to an end having never even played for Tottenham in the Premier League.

Yet now, Mason's career has changed exponentially. A regular under Mauricio Pochettino this season, Mason has become a key player in North London - and even earned his first England cap against Italy last week.

It's strange that Mason had never played under any previous Tottenham managers, but is now such a vital cog under Pochettino - and Mason has told Sky Sports that he thinks Pochettino's faith in young players is what makes him so different to his former bosses.

"I'm not too sure, because I think there were times where I was probably training and playing as well I what I have with this gaffer," said Mason when asked what he felt makes Pochettino different.

"I think this gaffer just has the belief, he has the belief in young players and I think it's there to see with what he's done with Harry Kane and other players, bringing them through and playing them consistently," he added.

Mason's comments are particularly intriguing given that managers like Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood are often considered to be managers who love to use young players, but neither gave Mason a chance in the first team.

Instead, Pochettino is the one that Mason has enjoyed the most success under - and is clearly enjoying life under the Argentine more than he did under any other former Spurs boss.

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