Garth Crooks claims Tottenham star Ryan Mason is 'becoming more relevant' this season

Garth Crooks has hailed Ryan Mason's performance for Spurs against Sunderland.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he was impressed with Ryan Mason's display during Tottenham's 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Spurs claimed their first win of the Premier League season on Sunday afternoon, beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

The winning goal came late in the game, as Ryan Mason finished off a sweeping move to dink the ball over Costel Pantilimon and into the net.

The result finally gave Mauricio Pochettino his first victory of the season, and has given Spurs fans something to shout about after a difficult start to the season.

Pundit Garth Crooks named Mason in his team of the week on BBC Sport, pairing him alongside his midfield partner Eric Dier after their impressive displays against Sunderland.

Crooks says that Mason's performance against Sunderland proved that he is 'becoming more relevant' under Pochettino this season, and praised the midfielder for putting himself in harm's way to score the winning goal at the Stadium of Light.

"The relationship between Eric Dier and Ryan Mason could become a very important dynamic for Spurs this season," said Crooks. "Mason is becoming more relevant for Tottenham as the season wears on but what impressed me most about his performance against Sunderland was his desire."

"His touch that took him goalbound was a little heavy but Mason still risked injury in order to clip the ball over the advancing Costel Pantilimon. Nice to see a midfield player going in where it hurts to score goals," he added.

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