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Tottenham vs Southampton highlights as Bale and Son goals hand Mason first win in charge

Follow all the action right here as Ryan Mason takes charge of Tottenham for the first time as they return to Premier League action against Southampton
Here are Alasdair's thoughts on that first Ryan Mason Spurs line-up

It's a team with plenty of experience and one with perhaps not many risks in Ryan Mason's eyes in his first senior game as a head coach.

Gareth Bale's inclusion is a welcome sight, particular with the loss of Tottenham's talisman Harry Kane.

The Welshman will have to make things happen but perhaps more on the deck, without a target man to head home his pinpoint crosses.

Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura will likely take turns in playing as the furthest man forward while Bale himself might be called upon to act an aerial presence.

Elsewhere, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso can provide the midfield creativity while also allowing Spurs to switch between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3.

At the back, Mason looks to be preparing his back four for the cup final, getting them used to any of his new instructions with Joe Rodon unable to play in Sunday's match.

It's also good to see Steven Bergwijn back on the bench, having become a pheropheral figure in the final weeks of the Mourinho era.

Most of all Spurs fans want to see their team attack, particularly at home, and Mason will want that as well.

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