Ryan spurred on by 'massive season'
06 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Ryan Mason is determined to show what he's all about this season – and he's certainly going about it in the right way!
The skilful midfielder scored a hat-trick against Crewe last weekend in only the fifth appearance of his loan spell at Swindon Town.
Now 22, Ryan made his first team debut aged just 17 in the Europa League against NEC Nijmegen in November, 2008, but is first to admit a succession of niggling injuries have hampered his progress.
He added another three first team appearances last season - including a first start in the League Cup against Carlisle - and went on to score eight goals in 10 appearances for our Under-21s.
Now he’s joined Grant Hall and Alex Pritchard on a season-long loan at Swindon, where the Spurs trio are joined by former team-mates Massimo Luongo, Nathan Byrne, Jack Barthram and Yaser Kasim.
“It’s a big season for me, massive, I know that,” said Ryan.
“To be fair, in all my previous loans (Yeovil, Millwall, Doncaster) apart from Yeovil I’ve ended up playing out of position and being in and out of the team.
“This time, I’m hoping to get 30 or 40 games in my position and off the back of that, score goals. It’s much easier to shine in a team like this, with the players here who all want to get the ball down and play.”
However, injury frustrations returned again right at the start of the campaign.
Ryan explained: “I had one 90-minute game before I went into the first match against Peterborough, felt my hamstring and then it blew up on me on the Tuesday when we played Torquay.
“I was devastated at the time but thankfully I was only out for a couple of weeks. It was great to get back.”
Ryan returned off the bench against Gillingham on August 24, featured again in a fine win at QPR in the Capital One Cup - Alex Pritchard on target - and then hit form spectacularly against Crewe on Saturday.
He scored a hat-trick in the second half as the Robins racked up a 5-0 victory.
And it could have been better! Having already scored from the penalty spot, Ryan missed a second spot-kick with the last kick of the game - denying him a four-goal haul!
That miss was still nagging when we caught up with him this week!
“I was buzzing to get the hat-trick but at the same time, I was gutted because you don’t often get the opportunity to score four goals in a game,” he said.
“I said to the lads that I was going to dink it down the middle of the goal, but I bottled it at the last minute!
“Anyway, it was a fantastic result and just showed what the team is capable of.
“We want to get the ball down and play and it’s exciting to be involved in a team like that.
“Every player knows exactly what style we want to play. It’s a young team, full of drive and determination. In fact, I think I’m the fourth oldest player at the club, so that’s taken a bit of getting used to!”
Fans can take a look at our loanees Ryan, Alex and Grant when the Robins travel to MK Dons in League One this Saturday - the game is live on Sky Sports 1, kick-off 12.15pm.