Mauricio Pochettino has played a major role in Tottenham rising star Jamie Bowden agreeing a new contract with the club, Football Insider can reveal.

The former Spurs manager was a big admirer of the central midfielder, 18, and fast-tracked him into the senior set-up as he looked to give him a taste of the big time.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Pochettino regarded Bowden as a player not only capable of breaking into the first team but also establishing himself in it like Harry Winks has done.

It was Pochettino’s idea for Bowden to travel with the senior squad for their epic Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City in April and invite him to join in the team celebrations afterwards.

The Argentine recognised the teenager’s great potential by also selecting him for the pre-season tour of Asia.

Tottenham have rewarded Bowden by handing him a new contract that was finalised yesterday.

This came after Football Insider broke the news early yesterday morning that Bowden was in advanced talks to sign a new deal with the club.

There has been no announcement about the length of the agreement, but the source explained that it is a three-and-a-half year deal running until the summer of 2023.

Born in Middlesex and of Irish citizenship, the defensive midfielder was brought up in Tottenham and joined the club’s academy at the age of six.

He has represented England at age-group level but is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.

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