During his brief spell in charge of Tottenham, Tim Sherwood once said that he envisaged building a team of young British talent for the club to move ahead. If that was the case, it seems that Ryan Mason was never in his plans as the player himself points to the change in manager as a crucial moment in his White Hart Lane career.
At 23 and with 5 loan spells behind him, Mason was appearing on lists such as ‘5 players you’ll never believe are still at Spurs’ but he’s come from beyond the fringes to star in his last two games – against Nottingham Forest and Arsenal.
“I’ve had a few chances to leave but I wanted to play for Spurs so bad that I never thought about leaving,” Ryan told the Daily Star.
“I wanted to stay and give it a go and see what happened. The change in the has helped me.
“If [Sherwood] was still here then maybe I wouldn’t be in the team.”
Spurs play Besiktas on Thursday – a match where Mason may have previously been hoping for a start – but with an important game coming up in the league will the Head Coach prefer to rest him for the Europa Clash?