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A managerial swap at the White Hart Lane proves a costly error for Ryan Mason

Football fans took to social media, some welcoming, some critiquing, congratulating and mocking the new and ‘inexperienced’ manager as far as English top-flight football is concerned.

A managerial swap at the White Hart Lane proves a costly error for Ryan Mason

On the 19th of April 2021, while the footballing world was paying attention to the controversial European Super League, Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy fired shots in a press statement that saw off Jose Mourinho’s 17 month reign in charge of the North London side. A few days later, the sporting word went further agape at the surprise news, when 29 year old Ryan Mason was chosen as interim coach for the side for the remainder of the season.

Football fans took to social media, some welcoming, some critiquing, congratulating and mocking the new and ‘inexperienced’ manager as far as English top-flight football is concerned. However, the young Brit stood solid ground amid the torrents of doubt, driving Spurs to a 2-1 debut home game against lowly Southampton at home, which put him in good books with the fans.

However, his ship could not hold its own against the formidable Citizens, whose torrents and waves of repeated attacks sunk his hope of success just as it had set sail, anticipating to anchor victory in form of the EFL Cup. Guardiola and his pack left all smiles with sliver ware after an all too easy encounter against a yet-to-be-tested Mason, a fact that was evident in the statistical prowess that the Spaniard’s side raked up at the end of the 90 minutes.

The high flying Manchester City managed a whopping 21 shots on goal, but only managed to keep  on target and make away with an 82nd minute goal from an Aymeric Laporte attempt. Mason and his boys could on the other hand only manage 2 shots on goal for an entire 90 minutes, keeping only one on goal, and consequently surrendering the bragging rights to current Premier league favorites City.

The non-evenly matched contest left football pundits questioning whether Ryan Mason and the ousting of a more capable gaffer in form of Mourinho was a costly error for the North London side.

It is however quite astounding that at individual level, Spurs players have outdone themselves this season, with outstanding displays in form of Harry Edward Kane, with a total of 21 goals past his opponents in the premier league alone. His South Korean midfield maestro Son Heung min has scored 15 premier league goals alone, putting both marksmen at a total of 36 top-flight goals in the campaign, the highest of any combination in the league this season.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is also doing well, having 10 clean sheets in 33 matches, the same as two other keepers, Illan Meslier of Leeds United and Burnley FC’s Nick Pope. The biggest question, and perhaps one that should be answered first by any manager at the side is why these brilliant individual performances cannot be put together at the same time to make for a thrilling season. 

Fans were also left questioning the structural integrity of their team and its ability to hold its own, and how good the new manager might be against formidable sides like Manchester United and City, all of whom have left the side nursing injuries of defeat after their last encounters.          

 

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