Ryan Mason is Tottenham Hotspur through and through, but the way that he took the opening goal in tonight’s Europa League tie with Fiorentina was reminiscent of a certain Arsenal legend.
Is there not a bit of Thierry Henry about the way that Mason opens up his body to curl the ball into the bottom corner? Dele Alli’s clever touch around the corner set the midfielder free on 25 minutes.
Mason captained his boyhood club in last week’s reverse fixture in Italy, where Nacer Chadli’s penalty was cancelled out by a shot which deflected off the stand-in skipper and lopped into the net.
His goal back at White Hart Lane has given Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 2-1 aggregate advantage as they aim to ensure that they are not knocked out of a second cup competition in the space of four days.
The previous time that Mason was on the scoresheet was against Sunderland in the Premier League in September. He injured himself in the process and has only started four matches since.
The Spurs academy graduate will hope that this goal leads to better things.
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