At the beginning of the season few would have predicted that Ryan Mason would play much, if any, part in Tottenham Hotspur's 2014-15 campaign. How wrong we all were. Mason, who spent last year on loan in League One, forced his way into manager Mauricio Pochettino's plans by scoring a goal against Nottingham Forest. At that point Spurs' midfield was in shambles and the Tottenham academy product did his best to stabilize it. Now, Mason, who first played for Tottenham way back in the 2008-09 season, has been rewarded for his efforts with a five-year contract extension.
We can debate Mason's efficacy all we want (I am certainly willing to have that discussion), but the truth of the matter is that he is an academy product who has turned himself into a capable Premier League player. For now, he appears to be one of Pochettino's first choice midfielders, along with fellow academy product Nabil Bentaleb, who is under contract until 2018. Mason joins the aforementioned Bentaleb and Harry Kane as academy players that Spurs have been able to lock into long-term deals.
We all know that contracts mean little to nothing in modern football. Players and teams can make decide to make a change at the drop of a hat, but it certainly makes sense to reward young players who perform well with longer contracts and higher wages. Even if Mason winds up being more Jake Livermore and less Ledley King, in terms of ability and longevity at Spurs, then this contract ensures that Daniel Levy and Co. will profit massively should he ever need to be offloaded.