Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has revealed he was surprised to see how well Ryan Mason has taken to his role as caretaker coach since being named as the surprise choice to succeed Jose Mourinho until the end of the season.
The Spurs keeper recalled watching Mason fight his way into the team to make his debut and praised the former midfielder, who at just 29 is the youngest coach in the Premier League, for stepping into his new role so seamlessly.
‘I’m very happy for him, he’s got the club DNA and the club means a lot to him and we can feel it every day, we feel it every time he gives a speech to the players and he’s very focussed on his job,’ Lloris told BT Sport before Spurs’ 3-1 defeat by Leeds on Saturday.
Hugo Lloris has been impressed with caretaker Ryan Mason, who he says has the ‘club’s DNA’
Mason has made a steady start since succeeding Jose Mourinho as Tottenham coach in April
‘I’m very surprised because he’s shown a lot of maturity as a coach and it’s not easy for him but he’s ready in his mind and he knows where he wants to bring the team and that’s very important.’
Mason, who was forced to retire early from the game in 2018 a year after a horrific head injury while playing for Hull City, was working as the head of player development at Spurs when Mourinho was sacked in April.
Spurs won Mason’s first game against Southampton before losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City. They then hammered Sheffield United 4-0 with the help of a Gareth Bale hat-trick.
Lloris joined Spurs in 2012 when Mason was on the team’s fringes after a couple of loan spells and the Frenchman remembers him finally making his Premier League debut in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in 2014.
He said he was hugely impressed with Mason’s early steps as a coach, adding he gives clear instructions to the players.
‘I saw Ryan coming from the academy a few years ago, I saw him winning his place in the starting XI. I think it was at Arsenal in the derby, away from home, that Mauricio Pochettino gave him his first start in the Premier League,’ he said.
‘Of course he’s got the assistance of his coaching staff and he tries to provide the best for the players and he’s very good in his communication. It’s never easy but I have a lot of respect for him as a man, an ex-team-mate and a coach and we try to give our best together to bring the team where we want it.’
Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Sheffield United, Mason’s biggest win so far
Lloris has known Mason for nine year and said the caretaker coach was a great communicator