Pochettino: Alex Ferguson inspired me to do this, now Tottenham do it better than Man United
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he took inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson’s youth policy when he started in management, but claimed that Tottenham is now the ‘perfect place’ for young players.
Since Pochettino took over the reins at Tottenham in 2014 he has built his team around a spine of young English talent.
The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Danny Rose have all become key players for his Spurs side – and for England.
The Argentine believes that it is crucial to trust the club’s young talent, rather than just buying in players from overseas.
He told The Guardian: “From day one, when we arrived at Southampton, we always said to the fans and the coaches that the most important thing was to show belief and faith in the young talent in England.
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“The best example in football in many years was Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson – and what he created with young talent from the academy or from England.
“[Ferguson] created the core of a team that won everything. [But now] Tottenham is the perfect place [for young players] to develop.”
This philosophy has worked for Pochettino at Spurs as Kane and Alli have made the headlines by scoring 19 and 16 goals in the Premier League this season respectively.
However Dier has also become a crucial and adaptable player in his side, while Rose and Walker have been in superb form in the wing-back position.
There is further evidence for Pochettino’s policy working too as 21-year-old Harry Winks has impressed in the first team too.
Tottenham players have won the PFA Young Player of the Season in four of the last five seasons: Walker (2012), Gareth Bale (2013), Kane (2015) and Alli (2016) – and both Kane and Alli are shortlisted for the award this year.
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