Ryan Mason is Tottenham's new number eight, and has celebrated that on Twitter.
Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has spoken of his pride having been given the number eight shirt at White Hart Lane this season.
Mason, 24, had been seen as an outcast at Spurs last summer, and having the 38 shirt was a sign of just how far down the pecking order he was.
Yet having been handed a chance under Mauricio Pochettino last season, Mason impressed and subsequently managed to nail down a regular place in the Tottenham first team alongside Nabil Bentaleb in the heart of midfield.
Having been part of a home-grown core of the Tottenham team alongside Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane, Mason has now been rewarded for his performances with a prominent shirt number, taking number eight for the new season.
Mason took to Twitter earlier today to react, admitting that he was 'honoured' to have been given the number eight shirt by Pochettino.
A bit delayed but wanted to say how honoured I am to wear the no 8 shirt this season.Hope to do it proud.Thanks for everyone's great support— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) August 13, 2015
Mason takes the shirt most recently worn by players such as Tim Sherwood, Jermaine Jenas and Scott Parker, but will be hoping to do the shirt more justice than predecessor Paulinho, who heavily disappointed in North London before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergrande this summer.