Ryan Mason suggests no Tottenham Hotspur player's starting spot will be guaranteed next season

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The midfielder was often limited to the fringes of the starting XI in 2015-16.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has sent a warning to his midfield teammates, telling the Daily Star that no player's position in the starting XI will be guaranteed next season.

Mason made just 22 Premier League appearances in the most recent campaign, several of which were from the substitutes' bench as Dele Alli and Eric Dier established themselves in Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Before the emergence of the young England pair this term, Mason enjoyed a prominent role in the Spurs starting XI the previous campaign, missing just seven league games and holding down a regular spot alongside Nabil Bentaleb, who barely featured this time around.

Tottenham's Ryan Mason clashes with Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Mason has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after falling down the pecking order, with clubs such as Bournemouth and Hull City said to be possible destinations.

However, the midfielder appears to be focused on winning his place back at his current club, and suggested that the fall from prominence of himself and Bentaleb, though frustrating, shows that no player's place is safe.

Mason told the Daily Star: "Two seasons ago me and Nabil started almost every game together in midfield and last season it was different. So next season it is not a foregone conclusion that any player will be starting.

Qarabag's Rydell Poepon in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason

"Our gaffer is very big on training your way into the team and you deserve to play if you’re training well, so I’m sure if me and Nabil go back in pre-season and train and play well, there is no reason why the gaffer wouldn’t start us."

Despite Mason's fighting talk, it appears at this stage as though Alli and Dier will be regular fixtures again next season for Spurs as they look to launch another all-out assault on the title.

It remains to be seen whether Mason will still be at the club by the end of the transfer window, but he will face an almighty battle to establish himself as a key man if he does stay.

England's Harry Kane and Ryan Mason during training

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