Ryan Mason. A name that a few weeks ago will have been unfamiliar to most Spurs fans. However, a certain match-winning performance against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup made people sit up and take notice of the 23-year-old.
It was the spectacular equaliser from 25 yards that put Mason on the map. The Englishman, who has been loaned to five different clubs during his time at Spurs, finally scored the goal that propelled him into the Tottenham line-up.
Mason joined Tottenham's youth academy in 2007. In 2008, he signed his first professional contract. He made his professional debut in the UEFA Cup on 27 November 2008 as a late substitute against NEC Nijmegen. He was a hit in the 2008/09 season, scoring 29 goals in just 31 games, helping Spurs to reach second place in the Premier Academy League.
Learning on loan
Mason has since been on five loan moves. In 2009/10, he went to Yeovil Town, where he scored six goals in 28 appearances. He then had a stint at Doncaster Rovers in 2010/11, followed by loans to Millwall in 2012 and Lorient in 2013.
He had another successful move to Swindon for the 2013-14 season, where he scored 5 goals in 18 games, including a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Crewe Alexandra. This season however he remained with the club.
It proved to be a good decision as the youngster has risen through the ranks, making himself a hit with the fans.
His stunning goal against Forest brought him into the limelight as he helped Tottenham overturn a 3-goal deficit, and since has made his Premier League debut, playing in the North London derby at the Emirates which ended 1-1, and also started against Southampton in their 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
Having waited six years to get his chance in the first team, and in great form this season, it looks like we're yet to see the best from Mason.
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