Ryan Mason comments on falling down Tottenham pecking order

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The Spurs midfielder admits he has "no arguments" with players such as Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, and Eric Dier being chosen ahead of him.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has admitted, as quoted by London 24, that he has "no arguments" with being behind stars such as Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, and Eric Dier in the midfield pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Mason enjoyed his breakthrough season in the Spurs first team last term, making 37 appearances in all competitions, and has again been a regular part of the set-up as Mauricio Pochettino's side have challenged for the title.

However, his playing time has been restricted somewhat in comparison with last year, something which is largely due to the emergence of Alli and Dier's transformation from a centre-back to a holding midfielder.

Mason's last start for Spurs came in the home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on 17 March, although he has featured as a substitute in every Premier League match since that loss.

The 24-year-old could be forgiven for feeling frustrated at his more limited role, but he insisted that the form of the players being picked ahead of him means he has no complaints.

Mason said, as quoted by London 24: "Obviously I’ve had some injuries and it’s kept me out of the team for quite a long time and it’s always difficult to have long spells on the sidelines and then try to get back into the team.

"But I’m happy the team’s doing well – that’s the most important thing – and the players in my position have been outstanding this season so I’ve got no arguments about that."

Mason could find himself handed a starting spot for Spurs once again in their final two matches of the campaign, with Dembele likely to be facing a multi-game ban after he appeared to gouge at the eyes of Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the fiery 2-2 draw on Monday night.

Tottenham face Southampton on Sunday before a final-day trip to Newcastle United.

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