Ryan Mason does not believe Tottenham fans will turn against club at Aston Villa match

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Ryan Mason does not believe that the Tottenham Hotspur fans will turn on the club when they return for the Premier League match against Aston Villa.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will have 10,000 fans inside it for the first time in 2021, for a match which will see the club secure European football with a top seven finish if they win.

There have already been protests outside the ground last weekend and on Wednesday night there will be a more official Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust presence with flags and banners calling on the club to put “fans and football first” with the hashtags #Trustthefans and #StandupforSpurs.

When asked whether it was important for Spurs to begin to repair the relationship with the fans, Mason disagreed that there was such a deep disconnect between the supporters and the club.

“I’m not sure I entirely agree with you in terms of the friction with fans. Our fans will support us [against Aston Villa], I’m know that. I know a few fans had an opinion and they made it heard but they weren’t speaking for every Tottenham fan,” he said.

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“Fans will be excited, they’re back in the stadium, supporting the team, but also they’ve got an academy graduate representing the football club. So I’m not sure I agree with that.

“I think the club is in a great place. We’re strong. We’ve had a disappointing season, yes. We’re not where we want to be, but the foundations are there for this football club to be very successful.

“Hopefully in our next two games we’ll get positive results and performances. In terms of our relationship with the fans, I feel like it’s strong.

“I know we’ll be getting their support and will make a difference and next season will hopefully be a successful one for the football club.”

When asked whether keeping Harry Kane at Spurs is crucial to maintain that connection with the supporters, Mason said it wasn’t just about the England captain.

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“Harry Winks came on the other day, Japh [Tanganga] started so we finished the game with three academy graduates on the pitch,” he said.

“It’s great, not only for the fans, for the football club but for the academy as well, because they know it’s possible. I represented the club and there’s many different players – Caulker, Townsend, Livermore, Pritchard… I could name so many.

“We’ve had a rich history of bringing academy players through. We’ve got some talent in the academy, I know because I’ve worked with them for a long time.

“There’s lots of potential. Hopefully we can help those guys developed and I would hope whoever is the manager in five years’ time has at least two or three academy graduates featuring in the Premier League for this club.”

Source by Football London

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