By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Thierry Henry has named the six Tottenham players who have improved most under Mauricio Pochettino.
Full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, midfield trio Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela and striker Harry Kane have all improved beyond recognition during the Argentine’s two years at the Spurs helm.
Four of the White Hart Lane sextet were already at the club when Pochettino replaced Tim Sherwood in May 2014.
Dier was signed from Sporting Lisbon’s shortly afterwards and then Alli was recruited from MK Dons in January 2015.
They have all been first-team regulars as Spurs defied the odds this season to be the closest challengers to new Premier League champions Leicester.
Henry explained how so many of the players have answered questions about their capabilities under Pochettino.
“Sometimes, you can measure the quality of a boss with titles,” Henry told Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme. “With him, you can see those guys are finally better.
“People did not know about Rose. Can he be or not be? Walker also the same thing. Dier, we don’t know. Lamela, is he a good player or not?
“It seems like they’re all good players with him. Dele Alli became a man with him. We all know about Harry Kane.
“Suddenly, it looks like they can do something with him and you have to give him massive credit for that. I don’t think they would have done that without him.”
The sense of a club on the rise was heightened when Pochettino recently revealed he has agreed a new five-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2021.
The best Spurs can hope for this season is second place in the league after their title bid ended with last Monday’s explosive 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
They followed that up with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Henry is convinced the Argentine’s influence will result in another title charge next campaign.