By Russell Edge
Former Tottenham owner and chairman Lord Alan Sugar has said that current boss Mauricio Pochettino has left his mark at the club thanks to his focus on youth.
The Argentinian boss joined the north London side from fellow Premier League side Southampton back in 2014, having spent a year and a half with the Saints.
He has helped the club become a major competitor in England’s top flight, with two successive title fights under their belt, as well as helping to develop some of the best young talent for both England and internationally at Spurs.
Lord Sugar, who spent 10 years at the helm of the club and 17 years as a shareholder, believes that it is the focus on the younger players, and the willingness to take a risk on the hot prospects, which makes him a better manager than those he appointed during his time there, including Ossie Ardiles and George Graham.
Speaking on a special edition of Sky Sports’ The Debate, he said: “Pochettino has put his hallmark on the club.
“For the first time someone has spent a long time concentrating on the youth.
“A lot of the past managers I employed didn’t spend too much time observing the young players.
“Pochettino spends time with the youth. He spots someone, gives them the chance, takes the risk, puts them in.”
During his time in the dugout Pochettino has seen the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier all become key members of the squad for both Tottenham and England, while this season saw 21-year-old Harry Winks given the chance to shine in the midst of a midfield injury crisis.
His risk paid off, with the youngster having established himself as a regular starter for Spurs, while he also earned his first cap for the Three Lions earlier this season, starting in midfield against Lithuania.
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