Tottenham youngster, Timothy Eyoma (known to everyone as TJ) has praised the quality of Ryan Mason’s training sessions.
It came as a surprise to many when Mason was handed the first-team reins after Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month.
While the 29-year-old is not expected to get the job full-time, he has shown some promising signs in his short time in charge.
Eyoma, who has worked with Mason in the academy, is certainly not surprised by how well the former Tottenham midfielder has done.
The right-back told Football.London: “They [training sessions] do differ. The training sessions you have to really concentrate as it’s tough on the mind and also physically. I can see why the players do enjoy training.
“He’s a good coach. I feel like all the young boys get on really well with him and he just tries to help us every single day.
“I’m really happy for him that he’s got the managerial role at the club until the end of the season.”
Mason, who was Tottenham’s Head of Youth Development before being temporarily handed the first-team reins, confidently asserted last week that he expects the club’s academy to continue producing players for the first-team over the coming years.
Eyoma was in agreement with the Spurs boss, raving about the amount of talent coming through the ranks.
The 21-year-old said: “I feel like the academy is very talented. I feel like we’ve got loads of players coming through and hopefully, we can get that opportunity and just play in the first team.
“Dane (Scarlett) has been doing really well this season but he is a bit younger than me. I have trained with him a couple of times and I’ve seen that he has done really well.
“I’ve only trained with him a handful of times and in training, I haven’t really been up against him, but I can see he’s definitely a handful and got lots of pace.”
Eyoma has had a solid campaign on loan at Lincoln City where he has demonstrated his versatility by operating as both a right-back and centre-back at various times over the season.
The former England Under-19 international admitted that his experience with the League One side has been invaluable for his development.
The Spurs academy graduate said: “I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve developed as a player and I’ve played games at both right-back and centre-back. I really feel that this has been a good season for me.
“It has helped me just been in the right positions really. I feel like I can handle the ball and I’m quite fit, so I can play in the right-back role.
“In the earlier part of the season I played right-back and then towards the second part of the season I played centre-back. Both positions have helped me really and seen me improve as a player overall.”
Have something to tell us about this article?