With just over a week to go until the transfer window closes, it appears Tottenham Hotspur are in the process of making several outgoing moves. The latest report from Lyall Thomas at Sky suggests that Hull City are now negotiating with Spurs for the sale of midfielder Ryan Mason.
Mason has been linked to Hull for a while now, but it seemed more spurious than practical. Now, after a series of preseason matches and two Premier League games, it feels safe to say that Mason has formally fallen down Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield pecking order.
Tottenham’s first choice pivot duo is without question Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele; Victor Wanyama is close behind and will also get major minutes this season. Lyall implies that Harry Winks is on the ascendency and might be set to leapfrog Mason in the hierarchy. Mason is now 25 and is unlikely to improve much more. He will be the kind of player that we see now -- certainly a Premier League caliber midfielder, but not likely the kind of player you’d rely on for major minutes in a Champions League campaign.
The usual caveats of unsourced rumors, no fee discussed, etc. apply here, but Hull certainly need the help. Despite two wins to start the season, they are managerless, short of players, and somewhat rudderless. If they have any chance of staying up, they need reinforcements.
At Hull, Mason would join a midfield that includes former Spurs players Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, and Michael Dawson. He might even make a good partner to Huddlestone in the pivot. And contrary to popular opinion, I honestly don’t wish ill will towards Ryan Mason: he’s been a faithful servant to the club, even if he frustrates the hell out of me when he plays as a central midfielder.
This is far from a done deal, but considering how fast the Yedlin-to-Newcastle story has moved, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. How ironic would it be if both Ryan Mason and DeAndre Yedlin depart the club before the signing of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is announced?