By Dominic Toner
Shayon Harrison made his Tottenham debut on Tuesday night and praised his manager Mauricio Pochettino for his guidance.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in the EFL Cup fourth-round at Anfield, with England striker Daniel Sturrdige scoring a brace.
Pochettino made 10 changes to his side as he gave the club’s youngsters and fringe players the chance to impress, with Eric Dier the only man to retain his place.
Harrison, 17, got his opportunity off the bench to make his first senior appearance and replaced £9million signing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in the 83rd minute.
The teenager has revealed that Pochettino showed huge confidence in him and told him to play his natural game.
“He just told me to go out there and do what I do best really,” Harrison said, as quoted by the club’s website. “He’s shown a lot of belief in me and I thank him a lot for that, I’m really appreciative.
“He gave me a lot of confidence to go out there and play my best. It was a great experience for me, playing against Liverpool. They’re a top side and I can’t wait to try to get out there for us again.”
Harrison is a product of the club’s academy and is considered one of the emerging stars.
The left-footed attacker has impressed in Spurs’ Under-21 side in the past, scoring 13 goals in just 24 appearances for them.
He will hope to kick on and work towards a place in the first team following his debut and Pochettino is well known for handing youngsters big opportunities.
In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness has delivered a scathing verdict on the club’s youngsters.