​Ex-Tottenham coach Ramsey: Mason \'one of the best youth players I\'ve ever seen\'

Published on: 14 February 2018

The tributes are pouring in for Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason, who announced his retirement from the game after a head injury he suffered last January.

Mason has been struggling to regain his ability to play the game after the injury he suffered in a clash against Chelsea – where he tangled with defender Gary Cahill.

Doctors have advised the player to retire to protect his skull and brain. And one man who is sad to see him retire is former Tottenham youth coach Chris Ramsey.

"Ryan was one of the best youth players I've ever seen," said Ramsey.

"He flourished late, he was a late developer as a kid, but he realised he had to work at it and he did.

"He was a good finisher, good on the ball, he was very much an all-rounder.

"Unfortunately for him he had a few injuries during his career, but he is an excellent footballer and it's a great loss for the English game.

"Tottenham had a system which allowed slighter players like him to flourish. Of all the players who have come through the club, he'll be at the very top as one of the best players.

"I think he could have got a lot more England caps if he not had a lot of the niggly injuries he had earlier in his career, but as a player there was a lot more to come from him.

"I spoke to him yesterday, he's got a lot of respect for the players and coaches who have helped him throughout his career and as one of his former coaches I'm trying to entice him into that now.

"I hope he will stay in the game because I think he's got a lot to offer."

Source: tribalfootball.com