Monday 18 December 2017

Ryan Mason backing Marco Silva to move Hull forward

Ryan Mason has been impressed by head coach Marco Silva
Ryan Mason has been impressed by head coach Marco Silva

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason believes the Premier League strugglers will improve under new head coach Marco Silva.

Club record summer signing Mason has been restored to the starting line-up in his preferred central midfield role in Silva's first two matches and revealed the Portuguese has already made big changes a week after replacing the sacked Mike Phelan.

"Yeah, a lot has changed, a hell of a lot actually," Mason told a press conference before Saturday's home league game against Bournemouth.

"I think he'll raise the standards. Personally, I think under this manager you can't cut any corners.

"In training he's there and on it and that's how he wants to go about it on the training pitch and in matches and that can only be good for us as a football team and as a club as well.

"I'm sure when we go into games everyone will know what they're doing and (be) very organised. "

Silva is waiting to learn whether both Friday's new signings, striker Oumar Niassa and Brazilian midfielder Evandro, will be available to face Bournemouth on Saturday when his bottom-placed side bid for their first win in 10 league games.

Senegal international Niassa has joined on loan from Everton until the end of the season, while Hull agreed an undisclosed fee with Porto to sign Evandro, who has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Mason, who arrived from Tottenham for a reported £13million last summer, feels there are similarities between his former boss Mauricio Pochettino and the man appointed to keep Hull in the Premier League.

"Yes in a way. They've both got different styles, but at the same time there are some similarities," Mason said.

"They both want to play a high tempo game and I'm sure in the coming weeks, the longer the gaffer has with us the more you'll see of that."

Silva guided unfashionable Estoril to the top flight in Portugal and won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting Lisbon before steering Olympiacos to the Greek title last season with six games to spare.

"It's been very intense," Mason said. "He's out there, he's hands-on. It's sort of stop-start in training and explaining how he wants us to play in and out of possession.

"You can see he's young, he's passionate and he's excited and relishing this opportunity. He really wants to get his style and his philosophy across to us as soon as possible."

The Tigers will be looking to avenge a 6-1 mauling at Bournemouth in October when the two sides meet at the KCOM Stadium.

"It was a dreadful day for everyone involved in that game" Mason added. "It was embarrassing.

"But I'm sure we'll go into the game (on Saturday) full of confidence. We've been good at home recently and hopefully we can pick up a win and start climbing the table."

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