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Ryan Mason

Discussion in 'Classic Threads' started by Gutter Boy, 24 Sep 2014.

  1. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Now then.

    Not exactly that scrawny little kid who used to get steam-rollered playing for Donny Rovers any more
     
  2. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    What was that ****e Sky were on about about him not being in the EPL squad?

    They just too retarded to spot him in our overage homegrown list?
     
  3. Mumorn

    Mumorn Vic Buckingham

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    He was excellent in pre-season. Shame he got injured as he'd probably have featured this season before today
     
  4. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    So he can definately play in the PL then, thats good would love to see him get some minutes
     
  5. molokovellocet

    molokovellocet Neale Fenn

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    Really happy to see Mason make an impact after the pre season performances as mentioned above. Really changed it today.
     
  6. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Done more in 20 mins than Invisiblinho has done in 15 months for us
     
  7. Whiffler

    Whiffler Jonathan Woodgate

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    First time I've seen him - played well.

    Nothing flashy, but positive - seems to realise that the ball should go towards their goal.

    Chalk another one up to Timmeh !
     
  8. paxtonwolf

    paxtonwolf Tommy Harmer

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    Remember seeing him at Carlisle in the Carling Cup a few seasons ago, looked decent then, looked a lot better tonight
     
  9. benp

    benp Øyvind Leonhardsen

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    He wanted to win, and knew he was better than that lot. Was excellent to watch. What a way to announce yourself (and possibly get 30min against arsenal as a secret weapon).
     
  10. jimmyb

    jimmyb Milija Aleksic

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    Eh?

    What's Sherwood got to do with it?
     
  11. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Yeah - 400%

    We named a 23 man squad - 17 overseas + 6 HG - Walker, Naughton, Mason, Townsend, Lennon and Kane (with Davies, Dier, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Kane all still U21)
     
  12. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    A player Alex Inglethorpe nurtured and AVB first blooded?

    Timmeh was possibly responsible for all his disasterous loans
     
  13. spurspinter1

    spurspinter1 Teemu Tainio

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    World class
     
  14. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    **** it - start him next to Capoue

    Bentaleb is struggling, Stambouli isn't up to speed and Dembele is ****e.

    Audere est facere
     
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  15. Roy1983

    Roy1983 Edward Sheringham

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    Not a lot but he did help Mason a lot during a few frustrating loan spells including the nightmare few months in France.
     
  16. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Isn't he your pal (remembering the gay footballers thread and my unfounded speculation about his and Adam Smith's friendship!)?
     
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    Roy1983 Edward Sheringham

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    It's actually his old man who is my pal but yes I know Ryan. Very decent, grounded guy.

    Been talking to his dad for 18 months now getting so frustrated as he has always been capable of doing that but hasn't been given a chance. Niggling injuries haven't helped as well as a loan move to another PL team who Sherwood felt didn't play a system that would benefit Ryan so turned down the approach preferring to send him to Swindon.
     
  18. Jordinho

    Jordinho Clive Allen Staff Member

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    Looks he has a bit of desire and drive to him. Very much needed in our team.
     
  19. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Article on him here: http://windycoys.com/2013/06/ryan-mason-spurs-prospect-and-his-non-start-in-lorient/


    Ryan Mason: Spurs’ prospect, and his non-start in Lorient

    Ryan Mason caught the eye of many a watcher as an apprentice – prolific as he was in an impressive youth career. Playing mostly as a number 10 (second striker), he formed a lethal partnership with Jon Obika at U18 level for Spurs, and scored 29 goals in 31 appearances in the 2008/9 season. This led to him signing a pro cotract in June 2008.

    The hype was there: Darren Bent was asked in a mainstream press interview who the best prospect he’d seen at Spurs was – he answered ‘Mason’. Sally Williams, a Telegraph journalist, wrote in her 2009 article that Spurs were keen for her to meet Mason, with John McDermott speaking highly about his ‘mono vision’, and saying ‘He’s incredibly dedicated, verging on obsessed.’ And, of course, he made his professional debut as an 18 year old in the UEFA Cup – coming off the bench against NEC Nijmegen. Involvement in the England U19 and U20 set-up showed that he wasn’t just rated within the club.

    A move to League One Yeovil seemed the ideal way to toughen him up, and it was interesting that he often played in the central midfield battleground. His impressive first season on loan led to involvement in Spurs’ pre-season the following summer, and I for one was hopeful of him being around the first team squad. Instead, he was sent back out on loan. His progression continued, however, as he moved to Championship cub Doncaster Rovers, where he made five starts and ten substitute appearances in an injury-hit spell. Doncaster took him back for the following season, but injury struck again and restricted him to just five appearances. He regained fitness and joined Millwall for the end of the season, making four starts and two substitute appearances.

    When Andres Villa-Boas took over at Spurs, much was made on a new focus on youth; I felt hopeful that Mason would be one of those close to the squad. I thought I had my wish in September, when Mason first came off the bench against Lazio in the Europa League, and then played nearly 70 minutes against Carlisle in the League Cup. Thereafter, however, we only saw glimpses – an unused sub in one game, and an 85th minute cameo against NK Maribor.

    However, slightly under the radar, Ryan had established himself as one of the integral players for Spurs’ Under-21s, playing consistently well in a central midfield berth in the Under-21 Premier League.Then came the transfer window. Lorient. Ligue Une. Well-connected journalists emphasised that the club wanted Mason to go to a “technical” league (rather than, say, the Championship) which should have, in theory, suited his style perfectly.

    Mason essentially confirmed as much, giving some insight into the move in an interview with the Standard’s Tom Collomosse in February: “Ligue 1 seems similar to the Premier League in its pace and physical style, and you have a whole week to prepare for games. I doubt I’ll be able to go home before the end of the season so I’m out of my comfort zone but, hopefully, I will be able to progress.”

    He went on, “I don’t think I’ve made as many appearances for Spurs as I should, or maybe I’ve deserved,” he admitted. “By the age of 21, I definitely expected to have made more than four. The club thought it would be more beneficial for me to move abroad because we thought it might suit my style of play better. When the offer from Lorient came in, I said I wanted the move to happen. Within an hour of landing, I was training.”

    He finally went on to say, “Andre Villas-Boas wished me luck and told me to get good experience. It’s hard to break into the Spurs team because there are so many talented young players around. But next year is the year I want to break through.”

    Months later, and after being named on the bench just once and playing four minutes for Lorient II, Mason’s frustration were clear from his Twitter timeline alone. A rumour did the rounds that it was in fact Lorient’s chairman that had arranged the transfer – potentially without the manager’s agreement. The use (or lack of use) of Ryan implied that the rumour may have had some substance to it. In April, he returned to White Hart Lane.

    A talented and committed player with excellent technical attributes, Ryan is someone who should have seen a lot more playing time than he has at the ripe old age of 22. I look at someone like James McCarthy at Wigan and wonder whether Ryan would be playing at a similar level had he had the same opportunities.

    Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time is crucial; perhaps next year will be the year that Ryan Mason finally makes the breakthrough, be it for Spurs or otherwise.
     
  20. diego_maradona

    diego_maradona Pedro Mendes Staff Member

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    Excellent cameo. Well done lad. Hope your reading this, go seize your chance the way Bentaleb did last season.
     

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