Ryan Mason could feature against Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Ryan Mason could be included in Mauricio Pochettino's squad for Saturday's north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium after the Argentine insisted 'he is a great talent'.

Enfield-born Mason had impressed early this week after playing 25 minutes against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup third round and led the north Londoners to an eventual 3-1 victory after equalising with a wonder-strike.

His brilliant performance allowed Pochettino to see some real talent in the young midfielder, and the Argentine could include him in his squad ahead of his first derby against Arsenal this weekend.

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Looking at statistics is a good way to see the if a player has some real potential or not, and Mason's stats against Forest have just told everything.

Playing for just a quarter-hour Mason did really well across the park with 88 per cent passing accuracy.

The player were linking up well with his teammates in the midfield area and last third, which gave Spurs some and creativity pace, which they were desperate for before the man came on as a 65-minute substitute.

And with two shots that night, in other words, one shot every 12.5 minutes, the youngster succeed to net one.

These statistics are very impressive and would leave some expectation in the near future for the man to bright as a First Team regular, later this season or next season onwards.

Growing talent

Mason was coached and brought to White Hart Lane by Micky Hazard, and the Spurs' legend couldn't be more delighted after presenting the youngster as Man of the Match.

Hazard tweeted after the game: "So SURREAL to present @Ryan_Mason13 with Man of Match last night, A fine young man who I coached and brought to Spurs."

Mason was a key figure for Spurs' Under-21 Team after scoring eight times in the first 10 fixtures of last campaign.

The midfielder enjoyed several loan spells where he gained experience at Doncaster, Millwall, Yeovil, and a successful time with Swindon Town where he scored five goals in 14 appearances in League One - including a hat-trick against Crewe in August, 2103.

Gaining experience

Featuring against Arsenal this weekend would be great Premier League experience for Mason, and it is those games that will grow and strength the midfielder.

Scoring or just providing an assists would be very impressive if he plays any minutes this at the Emirates, but Pochettino will have to be careful with the youngster and will for sure improve his skills in training.

Pochettino speaks

Pochettino told talkSPORT: "Ryan was very good in the beginning of pre-season. Last season was difficult for him because he had injuries.

"But he is a great talent from the academy and we need to be careful with him. He showed his talent and I am happy for him as he deserved this performance."​

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