If the truth be told, Tottenham’s Ryan Mason isn’t really a youngster any more with the Spurs midfielder now 24-years-old.
But in terms of his first team football experience, Nottingham Forest at home in the Capital One Cup last season marked the night in which he finally staked his claim for a regular place in the centre of Spurs’ midfield and in fairness to Mason, he hasn’t looked back since.
Having completed five separate loan switches to Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town prior to making the breakthrough last term, Mason looked like a player who was simply destined for a permanent exit to a Championship or League One outfit.
But after coming off the bench to initially spark the comeback that saw Spurs overcome Forest in the League Cup last season, his career has been turned upon its head, so much so that he even made his senior international debut with England against Italy back in March.
Partnering Nabil Bentaleb as Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred deep lying midfield duo when everybody is fit at present, Mason will look to improve his game yet again next term but who else could be emulating his meteoric rise at Spurs over the course of the next few seasons?
We’re taking a look at five men – or boys – who might just be following suit.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 Tottenham youngsters to follow Ryan Mason into Spurs’ first team.