By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has explained that if Tottenham’s youngsters can cope with the pressure of playing in the senior team, then they can repeat the same feat as Harry Kane.
The England international forward broke through the youth academy at Spurs and has become one the club’s stars, topping the Premier League goal scoring charts with 25 goals in the last campaign.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s EFL Cup clash against Liverpool on Tuesday, Pochettino has said that if the members of his youth team can’t cope with the pressure, then they aren’t at Spurs’ level.
“At Tottenham now we have a very small squad of senior players and many younger players,” said Pochettino,” said Pochettino to the Standard.
“If they can cope with the pressure they will be important players, like Harry Kane.
“If not it is because they are not at the level to play for Tottenham.
“It is important for a club like Tottenham, who has invested a lot of money, to create space for players with talent like Marcus Edwards, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah.”
Pochettino has used the cup competition in previous rounds as a way to use the club’s youngsters with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah all starting against Gillingham in the last round 5-0 victory.
It has so far been 18-year-old Carter-Vickers only appearance of the season with centre-back duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen favoured, as well as Eric Dier when covering for the former Atletico Madrid man.
However, Winks, 20, and 19-year-old Onomah have both featured in four fixtures this season with two each in the Premier League and even substitute appearances in the Champions League.
The attacking midfield duo will be keen to impress manager Pochettino, as they know they will get a chance with the Argentine boss in the first team if they do.
Since moving to England in 2013, the former Espanyol boss has helped a number of national team players reach the next level with Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw at Southampton and Eric Dier and Dele Alli at his current club.
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