Cole is no stranger to exploding onto the scene at Premier League level – he won the Golden Boot with an astonishing 34 goals in his first campaign in the top-flight, with Newcastle, and remains the fastest player to reach 50 goals since the division was rebranded in 1992.
Andy will know more than most, then, about how to deal with the pressure of expectation as a youngster, but he doesn’t think the increased scrutiny will faze Mason.
“I think of all the plaudits that have been sent his way,
“ he said.
“I’m listening to Ole saying he’s the best finisher in the club, and, at 18 years of age, if a manager is giving you those kind of plaudits, those kind of things can weigh really heavy.
“But he’s taken everything in his stride, he’s gone out there and never let anyone down. Now the goals seem to be flying in for him, left or right foot.”