Before he left Tim Sherwood said that there was plenty of talent coming through at Tottenham and it just needed to be given a chance. This year has been a World Cup year and our pre-season tour of USA & Canada was therefore missing 7 players, add to that Adebayor having malaria, then Sandro and Chiriches reportedly carrying injuries and suddenly Spurs are missing 10 players.
That has provided just the opportunity for other Development Squad players to step up and get noticed. They are training with Pochettino and his team every day and in the first team environment for a prolonged period.
To a degree Cristian Ceballos caught the eye, Falque looked competent and Carroll disappointed but another did step forward, 23-year-old Ryan Mason.
He spent last season on loan at League One outfit Swindon Town but took his chance with aplomb against Chicago Fire. They may have been the weakest of the three teams Tottenham faced but Mason hardly put a foot wrong in midfield alongside French international Étienne Capoue.
"I'm 23 now so if I didn't think I was going to make it I would have left by now. I still believe I'm good enough and hopefully I can get chances this season.
"My goal was to impress the manager. I won't know how well I've done until I speak with him, but that was my aim."NOTE: These quote were given to Mr Kevin McCauley who edits SBNation and funded Cartlidge free captain website, always worth a read to get the American perspective.
I would suggest he did rather well and further suggest he did it with the right manager or head coach as we have.
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Walker behind the rest in terms of fitness
Tottenham jave been trying to sign another French international, Morgan Schneiderlin who has been with Southampton since they were in the lower divisions. He is a defensive midfielder who has been converted from an attacking midfielder, thus he has a range of passing instead of the win the ball, pass 5 yards to the playmaker defensive midfelder.
Ryan Mason perhaps now has the same opportunity to develop along the same lines. He is an attacking midfielder but was deployed as one of two defensive midfielders. In the Pochettino system either one can act as the link midfielder while the other sits. Part of his requirement is that the defensive midfielders must be creative playmakers as well.
Ryan Mason has that in his locker and has done enough on this tour to suggest he has a future in that role, how Pochettino develops it I'll be interested to see.
Southampton have quoted £27 million for Schneiderlin, but if we can't agree a fee then that may give a chance for Mason to develop faster. A Championship loan is probably too low a grade of football for him now, a Premier League loan or retain him in the full squad with regular game time when the opportunity arises and European football may be the option.
Nabil Bentaleb looked at home straight away in the Premier League and ws Tottenham's best player at the World Cup in Brazil, Ryan Mason could be another to grasp the Premier League in the same manner.