Ryan Mason deserves credit for outperforming three international colleagues, claims Hargreaves

Owen Hargreaves dubbed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason his ‘surprise of the season’ and credited him for outperforming Mousa Dembele, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho.

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason when asked by www.premierleague.com to name his surprise player of the season.

The BT pundit responded to the question by claiming the 24-year-old could be a big player for both England and Tottenham in the future: ‘’For a young player that was on loan at Swindon Town last season, he has become a feature of Tottenham’s midfield and one of their best players. He’s added goals, he’s added power and assists to the team.

‘’He’s got a bright future, not only for Tottenham but for England as well. I think for a player to go and outperform three internationals in [Mousa] Dembele, [Etienne] Capoue and Paulinho, he deserves a ton of credit for that.’’

Last season, Ryan Mason started in 29 of Spurs’ 38 Premier League matches and was generally praised for his performances, even if he wasn’t at his best in every single game.

Should Ryan Mason have been dubbed ‘surprise of the season’?

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Hargreaves mentioned Mason added goals and assists to the team, however, in 29 games he scored just one Premier League goal and four assists – not a record to boast about.

He did add power to the midfield, as he showed that he wasn’t afraid to put his foot in, but will need to kick on again if he is to keep his place in the side for next season.

The surprise of the season should have arguably been given to teammate Harry Kane, but the striker is unlikely to begrudge Mason’s praise from Hargreaves.

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