Tottenham Hotspur’s rise in recent years under Mauricio Pochettino has been well documented, as the North London side have established themselves as top-four regulars.
The Argentine boss has become renowned for getting the best out of the younger players within the squad and played a key part in the development of former Spurs favourite Ryan Mason, who was forced into an early retirement in February.
Mason joined Spurs’ academy at the age of eight and went on to make 53 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites before joining Hull City in 2016, though he featured for the Tigers just 16 times in the league before his career-ending skull fracture.
Now 27, the former Spurs midfielder was reminiscing this week on social media as an anniversary marked four years since his first goal for the club – which was a screamer against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup that levelled the scores before Pochettino’s side went on to win 3-1.
Posting the clip on his own account, fans quickly responded with their messages to their homegrown hero.
You helped me fall back in love with Spurs, Ryan – you’ll always have a place in every fans’ heart
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) September 24, 2018
Superb strike, Ryan! Watching you rise through the ranks meant so much to us fans. Hopefully we see you back home coaching at Hotspur Way soon. #OneOfOurOwn
— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) September 24, 2018
Was great watching you, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane coming through the ranks, means more to us fans than you probably realise.
— stu rice & peas (@inremotepart) September 24, 2018
One of our own, love you mate
— David Harley (@Dharley_1984) September 24, 2018
Wow. 4 years. A moment that was pretty special. Thank you Ryan.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) September 24, 2018
Still one of my fav strikes from a Spurs player #youaintsavingthat
— Graham O’Brien (@GrahamScutzy) September 24, 2018
And then you started against Arsenal on the weekend, became a fan ever since
— MagicalMoura (@ashleythezulu) September 24, 2018
Good player, shame we let him go and obviously what happened!
— Chris A2 (@ChrisAgombar) September 24, 2018
Special goal by a special player
— Victoria Evans (@elysium1961) September 25, 2018