The 2014-15 campaign was a great season for our Academy graduates – especially Ryan Mason.
The central midfielder, on loan at Swindon Town in League One during 2013-14, enjoyed a strong pre-season campaign and recovered from a niggling injury in August to make his first team breakthrough and establish himself as a key member of our squad.
A thunderous equaliser in our eventual 3-1 Capital One Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane in September saw the 24-year-old launch himself into the reckoning and three days later he earned his first Premier League start as we drew 1-1 at Arsenal in the North London derby.
A regular starter as the season went on, Ryan was part of the side that took on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley in March and grabbed his first Premier League goal in a 3-2 home win over Swansea City the following midweek.
He then went on to earn his first full England international cap, setting up Andros Townsend for the Three Lions’ equaliser in their 1-1 draw in Italy on March 31.
Having ended the campaign with 37 appearances in all competitions to his name, Ryan says he’s looking to push himself further in 2015-16 in a bid to get more games and, crucially, more goals under his belt...
Thoughts on the season overall?
For me it’s been incredible and, as a team, it’s been positive as well. We’ve brought a lot of young players into the team, finished fifth and reached a cup final so there are lots of positives we can take from it.
Your personal highlight of the season?
It has to be my England debut. A lot of hard work went into that, making sure that I was ready if the opportunity came along. I also had to ensure that I took my chance when it did arrive.
Plans for the summer?
Five days in New York and 10 in the Bahamas! I’ll chill out and rest up, although I’ve had a few torrid times on the golf course so I’ll give that a miss!
Thoughts on pre-season?
When you have a couple of weeks off you are always eager to get stuck in again. You just want to get back into it and the quicker the competitive matches come around, the better. Knowing the Head Coach, it will be a tough pre-season and we’ll all be in good shape for the start of the campaign.
Hopes for next season?
To kick on again, hopefully play more games and score more goals. I’m eager to get on the scoresheet more often, not in a selfish way, but it’s important for midfielders to weigh in with goals. I probably put too much pressure on myself when I get into positions where I could score so next season, I’ll take it naturally.
Left-back Ben Davies gave his answers to ‘Five questions for summer’ over the weekend. Look out for the latest instalment of the series tomorrow with striker Harry Kane in the hot seat...