By George Brooks
Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent says that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club into one of the biggest forces in English football.
The Argentine arrived at the club from Southampton in 2014 and has built a side which has competed for the Premier League title over the past two seasons.
However, unlike their north London rivals Arsenal, Spurs are yet to win a trophy under the current manager, but Bent insists that what Pochettino is doing for the club is more important than silverware.
“It’s not all about trophies, especially the way he’s going about his business and the way Tottenham are playing football,” Bent told Sky Sports’ The Debate (Sky Sports Premier League, Thursday, 10pm).
“I think if you’re a player now with ambition and you look at a side like Tottenham with a manager like Pochettino, he’s someone you’d want to play for and a side you’d want to play for in that fantastic new stadium.
“I think it’s about how he’s transformed Spurs from a club that’s always on the cusp to all of a sudden now one of the biggest forces in English football.”
Spurs will be looking to continue their recent supremacy over Arsenal in the first north London derby of the Premier League season on Saturday.
Pochettino’s side finished above their neighbours for the first time in 22 years last season and many believe they are now the dominant team in north London.
Saturday’s early kick-off is a must win game for both teams with Spurs eight points behind unbeaten leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wegner’s Arsenal are four points behind their rivals and are in danger of failing to finish in the top four for the second successive season.