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Ryan Mason on the mentality of Tottenham Hotspur's squad players

The Spurs midfielder says the team are fully behind each other.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has shed light on the harmony within the squad and their attitude towards rotation.

Summer signings Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer have both gone from being first-team regulars at their previous clubs to bit-part players at White Hart Lane, while the likes of Tom Carroll and Andros Townsend have failed to feature regularly.

Spurs’ excellent start to the season has vindicated Mauricio Pochettino’s selections on the whole and Mason claims the squad are fully supportive of each other.

“Everyone’s hungry,” said the 24-year old, in an interview with the Ham & High.

“Even the lads that aren’t playing, we’re training hard and we’re driving each other on.

“I think you can see that when we make substitutions. No-one’s down about not starting, they come on and want to impact the game – and that goes for the players that travel and aren’t even in the squad as well. Everyone’s pulling in the right direction and want us to win games.”

Maintaining a happy squad is easier when results are going your way but a dip in form might make things a little bit more complicated for the Spurs boss.

Kevin Wimmer, in particular, can feel hard done by after seeing a promising start in pre-season – and a decent showing in his League Cup and Europa League outings – rewarded with a permanent place on the bench.

Pochettino has opted for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as his Europa League duo in their last two games, in a bid to ensure qualification early, but his team have failed to do so and Wimmer will now be left wondering where his next game will come.

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