Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason says that he intends to “make an impact” in their Premier League title challenge after returning from injury.
The 24-year-old suffered an ankle injury against Chelsea last November, and made his return in the first leg of Spurs’ Europa League tie against Fiorentina, a game in which he was named captain by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Mason scored the first goal in a comprehensive 3-0 win against Fiorentina in the second leg, sending Spurs through to the last 16 of the Europa League where they are set to face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
With Mousa Dembélé and Tom Carroll injured, Mason’s return to first-team action comes at the perfect time for Pochettino, with Spurs still competing for three major trophies.
Spurs are currently second in the Premier League, two points off leaders Leicester, and their remarkable form has given fans hope of lifting the league title in May.
And Mason admits that the closing stages of the season does become “mentally and physically tiring”, but vowed to give it his all in their title challenge.
Speaking to The Guardian, Mason said: “I remember this stage last season, it does get physically and mentally quite tiring. I have not played many games, so I feel fresh, I feel good and I feel fit.
“So hopefully, I can make an impact. We have massive games coming up. It’s obviously disappointing that we have players injured but, hopefully, they can come back as soon as possible and, if I’m called upon, I will give my all.”
Mason was one of seven British players fielded by Pochettino against Fiorentina on Thursday, and with fellow academy products Josh Onomah and Harry Winks coming on as late substitutes, the Argentine managers faith in homegrown players is clearly evident.
“If you are a fan of football, you can only enjoy what is going on here,” Mason added. “The gaffer is bringing on young players, such as Josh Onomah and Harry Winks.
“There are not many other clubs in top-flight football doing this and we’re managing to do so well, as well. The manager and the club are doing something right.
“We showed glimpses last season of the way we were looking to go about it and this season, we have kicked on again. And I am sure next season we will be even better, having gained more experience.
“We are just relishing every opportunity and enjoying every game. We are up there at the minute. Hopefully, we can keep it going for as long as possible.”