By Emma Sanders
Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Mousa Dembele, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in the last two years, according to Gary Neville.
The pundit and former England international claims a number of Spurs players have improved hugely and it’s largely down to the Argentine manager.
He described Pochettino’s influence as ‘brilliant’ and paid tribute to the influence of the 44 year-old, who took over the north London side in 2014 from Tim Sherwood.
Neville identified those players who have taken their game to a new level under Pochettino.
“Moussa Dembele is a perfect example of a player who’s been revitalised, while Kyle Walker and Danny Rose – who we had with England four years ago and they were what I would call players who were unreliable in many different ways – but in the last 12 months their energy and their appetite to play, their want and willingness to run and learn to do the right things is a complete transformation,” explained Neville on a Sky Sports podcast. “That’s down to Pochettino and the boys themselves.
“There is no way if you’re a Pochettino defender that you can see the ball get passed back and just stand, you have to shift with the ball.
“It seems the most obvious simple thing to do but to get a back four drilled is very difficult and Pochettino is building a back four which is probably as consistent as any in the Premier League. As an ex-defender it’s as good for me to watch.”
Since arriving from Southampton in 2014, Pochettino has helped to guide Tottenham up the Premier League table and led his side on a title chase last season which saw them eventually finish in third place.
They have carried on in the new campaign where they left off last season and sit in second place, behind only Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
In other Tottenham news, Harry Redknapp has urged Gareth Southgate to make this Spurs’ star captain of England.