Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason explains reason behind his end-of-season struggles

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Ryan Mason didn’t put in his best performances during Tottenham Hotspur’s end-of-season run-in.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason cited his England debut as the reason behind his struggles during the final two months of the Premier League campaign, the Sun report.

The 23-year-old star has enjoyed a wonderful debut season under boss Mauricio Pochettino, earning himself a regular first-team spot at White Hart Lane alongside fellow midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

So impressive were Mason’s performances during the first six months of the season, England boss Roy Hodgson handed him and teammate Harry Kane their senior international debut at the end of March.

It was a just reward for the former Swindon Town loan star, though his dip in form from April onwards left many wondering whether Mason actually came back from the England camp at all.

Speaking to reporters following the season finale, the Spurs ace conceded that his international debut took a lot out of him in terms of tiredness and his ensuing club form suffered as a result.

“Emotionally and everything it took a lot of out of me. Obviously making your England debut is your proudest moment as a player and I don’t think I slept for about a week,” he explained.

“It was just due to speaking with people and the excitement of what had happened. Obviously that ended up having an effect on me on the football pitch.”

“But the gaffer stuck with me and I think I have learnt from that. Now hopefully when I am in that position again it won’t affect me like that again.”

  DateTackles per GameDef Duel Winners per GameInterceptions per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per Game
Ryan Mason 01/08/14 - 31/03/15 2.43 5.48 1.3 3.91 65.17 41.83 0.83
Ryan Mason 01/04/15 - 30/05/15 0.75 3.63 2.63 4.25 67.5 47.88 1.25

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Mason’s Premier League performance levels following his England debut differed from before, but not necessarily in a negative way.

He posted less tackles and defensive duel winners – perhaps a sign of a dip in intensity – though he became more involved on the ball and from a creative standpoint.

If Mason manages to combine his defensive work with his new-found creativity next season, we can be certain to see him feature more often in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up.

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