Despite his hopes, Ryan Mason has little chance of being any more than a fringe player for Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been speaking about next season.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham

In recent comments published by the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason came out fighting ahead of the new campaign, claiming there was every chance he could get back into the first-choice starting XI if he trained well during pre-season.

You would expect nothing less from a player who has aspirations of playing a big role for Tottenham for years to come, and one who has featured 70 times for the North London club to date.

England's Harry Kane and Ryan Mason during training

The problem is one senses the 25-year-old is fighting a losing battle.

It is true that Mason and Nabil Bentaleb used to play regularly in the middle of the park for Spurs, but that was before Dele Alli’s arrival, Eric Dier’s emergence and Mousa Dembele’s transformation from the subject of fan frustration to a crucial starter.

When you also factor in the likelihood of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino bringing in more new midfielders this summer, Mason’s chances of being anything more than a bit-part player are slim at best.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham certainly need a strong squad as they look to challenge on four fronts, including the Champions League, yet it would take an almighty drop in fitness or form from Spurs’ other midfield options to prompt a recall for Mason.

“If me and Nabil go back in pre-season and train and play well, there is no reason why the gaffer would not start us,” Mason told the Star.

Except there are plenty of reasons why that may not happen even if they hit the ground running, with Mason likely to be a fringe player for as long as he remains at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose and Ryan Mason in action with Southampton's Steven Davis

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