Spurs' Ryan Mason describes himself as a goalscoring midfielder

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The England international impressed during his 69 minutes on the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Stoke City.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has been talking to the Spurs website about what he is looking to bring to the Spurs side from midfield, after an impressive first start of the season against Stoke City.

Mason played as one of two deeper central midfielders for much of last season, as both he and Nabil Bentaleb alternated defensive duties to push forward.

Even though the England international ended up being the more regular attacking option of that duo, alongside Eric Dier in Tottenham's midfield this campaign, that second central midfielder has fewer defensive duties, giving them the license to join up with the attack when the opportunity arises.

The 24-year-old, picked alongside Dier at the weekend, caught the eye against the Potters with his offensive contribution, having a number of efforts on goal, as he arguably had one of his stronger games for the club.

And the Londoner made it clear that he sees himself as someone who will be able to contribute in attacking situations this season.

“I said before that I see myself as a goalscoring midfielder and I try to get into the box as much as I can,” he told the club website after the game.

Mason only scored twice for Spurs last season, and would certainly be expecting to improve on that after an encouraging first half at White Hart Lane. 

However, seeing as Mason is returning from the injury that ruled him out of much of pre-season, it was no surprise to see him begin to flag a little on the hour. Mauricio Pochettino will be disappointed that Spurs were unable to keep up the same level of play once he, and striker Harry Kane left the field.

“Perhaps I blew up in the second half," Mason said. "My legs went a bit but I’ll feel better for it next week and hopefully I’ll chip in again.

“I had eight weeks out injured but I was professional, I did everything right and I feel good.

“There is nothing like match fitness and like I said, I was starting to feel it on 60 minutes but hopefully if I’m playing next week I’ll be able to complete the 90 minutes.”

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