Written by Henry Clark
The injury sustained by Ryan Mason in his side’s brave performance against Chelsea sent the football world into unity once more. A unity that is seemingly only ever achieved in times of anguish, a unity that we don’t see enough of nowadays in our game.
The Hull midfielder had begun a revival to his short career in Yorkshire after the appointment of Marco Silva. A tough start to life with the Tigers saw time on the pitch very much limited under ex-boss Mike Phelan, who was relieved of his duties on January 4th, and Mason didn’t seem to quite fit the bill in a side that was set-up to play defensively from the off.
There’s no doubting his quality; even in an age of football that we live in with sky-high prices for players, Mason is still the club’s record signing at around £13 million.
Brought in in the final days of the Summer window from Tottenham Hotspur the England midfielder hoped for more regular Premier League game time at Hull. Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s likening to the midfielder (the Argentinian made him captain on several occasions in his time in north London) it has to be admired how he failed to settle for a place on the bench at a top club and potentially put his Premier League career on the line with a move to the ‘doomed’ Hull City.
But under new boss Marco Silva he and the likes of Tom Huddlestone have embraced the spotlight with the possession based style the Portuguese manager has employed. Mason’s strengths are his ability to move the ball quickly into the final third and then join the attack himself and the freedom Silva has offered him going forward has seen a new Ryan Mason in recent weeks.
The sickening news will be felt throughout the club, as seen through the social media outpouring in the last 24 hours, and leaves the squad thread-bare again after the departure of Jake Livermore to West Brom last week. The terrible injury brings to a halt a career at the KCOM stadium that was just beginning to bloom again. Of course, in times like this his health is a priority and it remains to be seen if he will ever recover to wear a black and amber shirt again. Hull fans will be desperately hoping their man makes a full recovery, much like the rest of the footballing world.
Hull fans, how big of a miss will Mason be now? Let us know in the comments below!