Tottenham Hotspur continue to be active in the transfer window as deadline day approaches, though currently Spurs appear to be in the selling mood as Mauricio Pochettino tries to shape his squad the best he can for the upcoming season. While we know who the preferred Starting XI is for Tottenham, one thing we didn’t know was who were his preferred subs coming into the season. That picture is becoming far more clear with the sales in the past couple of weeks, with another one being added to the "out" list for transfers.
Spurs confirmed today that midfielder Ryan Mason is headed north to Hull City A.F.C. as the Tigers, who have been in major flux this summer, are in desperate need of players.
We have reached agreement with Hull City for the transfer of Ryan Mason. We wish Ryan all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/HZvoj8FEUu— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2016
The 25-year-old midfielder started his career in Tottenham’s Academy in 1999 when he was just 8 years old as he is a native of Enfield, where the current training facility lies. He made his first team debut in the UEFA Cup competition in 2008 against Dutch side NEC in a 1-0 victory. Mason would then spend the next several seasons on loan to before breaking into the first team in the 2014-2015 season, scoring THAT goal against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup to equalize in an eventual 3-1 victory to advance.
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Mason became a regular in Pochettino’s Starting XI that season, lining up alongside Nabil Bentaleb in the pivot. Last season, though, he found himself in a substitute role as Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele solidified themselves as the first choice in the pivot. With starting minutes hard to come by, coming into this season Mason had committed himself to fighting for his place on the squad. Add in the signing of Victor Wanyama and fellow academy graduate Harry Winks appearing to be ahead of Mason, the writing has been on the wall for a few weeks now.
Hull City has managed to fight off Sunderland for Mason’s signature. The reported deal is up in the air, but with Hull City confirming that this is an "undisclosed club record fee" and their previous record was Abel Hernandez for £10m, then that reported £12m fee appears to be the winner. Either of those are a nice chunk of change for a player who appeared to just not be in the plans for this coming season.
Mason made a total of 47 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham’s senior squad. He will no doubt slot right into Hull City’s squad, given that they only have 13 healthy players at present time and will surely be a starter as soon as he gets into training.
This is probably a bittersweet pill for Mason, given that there is zero doubt he loves Tottenham Hotspur but he also is a professional footballer that needs minutes. The love is mutual from the club, given this was their goodbye on Twitter shortly after announcing the transfer:
We wish Ryan nothing but the best at Hull City as he joins former Spurs players Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, and former captain Michael Dawson.