Ryan Mason officially completed his move from Tottenham Hotspur to Hull City on Tuesday for a fee in the region of around £10 million. It is a deal that benefits all parties; Spurs receive a good fee for a player who is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans moving forwards, Hull get an energetic centre-midfield player, and the player himself will get regular first team action.
For Spurs, whilst they may have to watch one of their popular academy graduates depart, the finances add up. Mason had been at Spurs since the tender age of 8, and quickly became a fan favourite due to his partnership with Nabil Bentaleb in the heart of the Spurs midfield in Pochettino’s first season in charge. It was one that nearly saw the Englishman, now 25, with a medal around his neck, as Spurs lost the League Cup Final 2-0, with Mason starting.
He helped to kick-start the so called ‘Pochettino revolution’, with a dynamic high press, and loved playing for Spurs at a time where others – like Emmanuel Adebayor – lacked this passion. Therein lies his value to Spurs – a player who was one of the first to really flourish under Pochettino, but ultimately one without enough talent for a squad challenging in the Champions League as well as domestically. Therefore, it makes sense for Spurs to let him go.
As for Hull, their squad depth – or lack of – has been well publicised as of late. Of their entire squad who travelled to Swansea, only 13 are recognised first team players, and only 12 have had minutes. Mason will add to this depth, but will also invigorate a midfield that has looks somewhat bereft of attacking quality, despite two good performances both in Wales and at home to Leicester on the opening day.
He will link up there with former teammate Jake Livermore, as well as ex-Spur Tom Huddlestone, who will be familiar with his style of play. Hull’s manager, Mike Phelan, has been extremely impressive so far this season, and his footballing experience – gathered largely under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – will be passed onto Mason, who will surely benefit also from guaranteed first team football.
His experience with Spurs in the past couple of seasons will also add a lot to a Hull side with players who lack experience at the top level. Combine all of this, and he will add quality and depth to a Hull side who look desperately short of both. A 1-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side in the 92nd minute illustrates that a lack of substitutions can cost teams points.
Obviously, the player himself will be looking at first team action on a regular basis, meaning opportunities to establish himself as a Premier League quality central midfielder. If he is part of a Hull City side that surprise just about everyone by staying up, he may force his way into Sam Allardyce’s plans, along with another Hull player, Curtis Davies – so the move looks to be of benefit to everyone.
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