Ryan Mason: Why I had to repay Pochettino’s faith in me

Ryan Mason broke onto the scene with Tottenham Hotspur last term.

Many expected that Mason’s career at Tottenham would be over this season, but he has told the official Spurs website why he had to repay the faith shown in him by Mauricio Pochettino, who threw him into the first-team set-up.

Mason said: “Maybe a few eyebrows were raised when the gaffer stuck me in against Arsenal, a massive game. For me, after the faith he showed in me, it was important to play well and repay that faith. If I hadn’t done well, that might have backfired. Thankfully, it went well again.

“It was great that he gave a young, home-grown player a chance in such a big game and I'd like to think it has proved to be the right decision.”

Mason, 24, came on as a substitute for Spurs in their Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, and he started the come-back by netting the equalising goal in the 3-1 win.

A long-range strike proved his midfield credentials, and he was rewarded by Pochettino as he was named in starting XI that weekend for the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Since that game, Mason has been a consistent selection in first-team action, and although he struggled towards the end of the campaign due to a lack of rotation in the midfield, the English international did much to impress.

He ended up making 37 appearances in all for the Lilywhites, scoring two goals and registering four assists, and earning his first international recognition.

It was a breakthrough campaign for Mason, and he will be hoping to improve upon his impressive performances next season.

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