Ryan Mason weighs up his central midfield competition at Tottenham Hotspur

The England international has his work cut out to force his way back into a flying Spurs side.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has welcomed the competition for places in central midfield at the club and has heaped praise on his competing team-mates.

The 24-year old was a mainstay alongside Nabil Bentaleb for Spurs last season and began this campaign with one of the Premier League’s biggest revelations in Eric Dier.

The two looked to have formed a promising partnership until Mason’s injury against Sunderland and another young star, Dele Alli, has proved a more than capable stand-in.

With Mousa Dembele turning in a Man of the Match performance on his return against Liverpool, and following that up with a goal against Bournemouth, Tottenham’s midfield options now look as healthy as they have in a long time.

“I’m playing at Tottenham Hotspur and, regardless of whether it’s now, six months ago or a year ago, there’s always competition for places,” said Mason, in an interview with the Ham & High.

“It’s part and parcel of being at a massive club and I look forward to the challenge of getting back into the side.

“They [Dier and Alli] have done brilliantly, I think it’s clear for everyone to see. Eric’s a centre-half and he’s come on and made that position his own in a way, and Del’s a 19-year-old lad dictating Premier League games. It’s great for English football because they’re both young English players and it’s good to see.”

Spurs entertain struggling Aston Villa tonight and Mauricio Pochettino has something of a selection headache as far as his midfield options go.

He is unlikely to wring the changes after a convincing win at Bournemouth, but with a fixture schedule that sees his team play three times in six days, the Spurs squad is sure to be tested to its limit.

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