On this day: Ryan Mason announced himself at Tottenham Hotspur with Nottingham Forest screamer

The midfielder had previously struggled to make an impact at Spurs.

Today saw the much-anticipated release of the new FIFA 16 game. When last year’s game came out one of the names immediately transfer listed in a career mode was that of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason.

Mildly rated and available for less than £1 million it was a reflection of his career struggles to that point.

But a year ago today it all began to change.

This time last year Ryan Mason scored a screamer against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup which kickstarted his run in the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino.

After several injuries and separate loan spells with the likes of Swindon Town, Yeovil Town and French outfit Lorient Mason’s career at Spurs appeared to be heading nowhere. However that goal was the catalyst for a breakthrough season.

Mason went on to score once more in a season in which he played 38 times – including a first cap for England.

This season he has started just as well. His most recent performance was a man-of-the-match turn against Sunderland – in which he unfortunately picked up an injury scoring the winning goal.

But he has certainly come a long way from being discarded by EA Sports in just 12 months.

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