Tottenham star Ryan Mason sheds light on the difficulties of his midfield role

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The England international scored his first goal of the season at the Stadium of Light yesterday.

In an interview with Spurs TV, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has shed light on the difficult task of balancing defence and attack in his current midfield role.

The 24-year old initiated and finished off a fantastic Spurs move in the 82nd minute to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men all three points against Sunderland in the Premier League yesterday, but admits his role in the team has limited his attacking influence.

“I haven’t shied away from wanting to score goals but perhaps at the same time I’ve been a bit naive because I can’t forget that I’m a defensive central midfielder now,” the England international told Spurs TV.

“It’s difficult to make the box as regularly as I’d like to, but it was nice to do it against Sunderland and help us get the three points.”

Mason may find himself more able to contribute in the attacking third this season, however, with the emergence of Eric Dier alongside him in the centre of the pitch.

The centre-back-turned-holding midfielder has been a revelation for Spurs and his natural defensive instincts will allow Mason the freedom to influence the game further forward.

The two now seem to have established themselves as Pochettino’s first-choice midfielders, and their complementary attributes have the makings of an effective partnership.

Competition will be fierce, however, with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele all pushing for a starting berth.

Mason and Dier will need to maintain the performance levels shown yesterday if they are to retain their places.

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