Ryan Mason shares what was the final straw at Tottenham
By Tony Hughes
Ryan Mason made the decision to quit boyhood club Tottenham for Hull after he was left on the bench for their opening two matches of the season.
The Spurs academy graduate hoped he would get a chance due to Mousa Dembele’s suspension carried over from last season but he was was overlooked in favour of summer signing Victor Wanyama for the central midfield slot alongside Eric Dier.
Mason, 25, saw the writing on the wall and opted to become the latest player to follow the well-trodden path from White Hart Lane to the KCOM Stadium.
The midfielder turned down Sunderland to join the Tigers for £13million after admitting defeat in his bid to earn a starting spot under Mauricio Pochettino.
After ending his 17-year stay to be reunited with ex- team-mates Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson, Mason told the Daily Star: “A lot of people have asked if it was a wrench to leave but the time felt right.
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“I reached my decision to move on about two weeks ago. I didn’t get any game time in the first two matches, and I’m the type who just wants to play football, so when the chance came up for a fresh challenge I accepted it.”
Despite failing to force his way back into the Spurs side after injury last season, Mason says he has no axe to grind with former manager Pochettino.
He added: “My intention was to stay at Spurs and break into the team, but that wasn’t happening and I didn’t want to sit around for six or seven months not playing.
“The opportunity arose to join Hull and I didn’t hesitate. I went with my gut instinct and I’m happy I made the decision.
“It feels right and I’ve no regrets. Having the three lads from Spurs has helped me to settle in.”
Mason, 25, came up through the ranks with Spurs after joining their academy in 1999, but it looked like he would fail to make the grade with the club before Pochettino’s appointment in 2014.
After loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town, Mason appeared to be heading out of White Hart Lane, but Pochettino handed him regular first-team football.
Mason earned an England cap after 31 Premier League appearances during the 2014-15 season but fell down the pecking order last season.
Mason didn’t kick a ball in the first three games of the new Premier League season, and just a day before the transfer deadline, he completed a move to Hull.
In other Tottenham news, a £30million midfielder is in talks over a Spurs deal and wants £120,000-a-week.