Pochettino to trust in wonderkids during hectic schedule
By Emma Sanders
Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he could hand several appearances to Tottenham’s emerging stars as the team embark on a heavy schedule.
Spurs play seven games in 23 days following the international break, starting with their clash on Saturday against West Brom.
They also face home and away fixtures against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, an EFL Cup clash against Liverpool and a Premier League cruncher with Arsenal.
Harry Kane and Moussa Dembele have already been ruled out of Saturday’s league fixture against West Brom.
Pochettino could make even further changes as Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela returned home late from international duty.
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“Saturday we know is a very important game and it’s important to try to win the game,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“But in the same way we have many, many issues or ideas in our head because it is not only that we have West Brom. It’s not like it’s the [only] game and we need the three points and it is the end of the season.
“We have seven games in 23 days and after the international break, when the players return after playing a lot, or have picked up injuries, like Danny Rose, Eric Dier or Erik Lamela, who arrived on Wednesday or Son from Asia.
“We need to be clever in how we prepare the games and the decisions that we shall take to be ready to compete in Germany, Bournemouth and Liverpool within those seven games.
“Now Christian Eriksen is coming back very disappointed with the last result [for Denmark] and the England players. Now our job is to be more than coaches, it is to be psychologists too.”
Attacking midfielders Marcus Edwards and Josh Onomah scored for their England youth teams during the break and could be two of the young stars to feature in one of the seven games. Defender Cameron Carter-Vickers could also be set for some
Onomah has already made two late substitute appearances for Tottenham and scored in the EFL Cup clash when he started against Gillingham.
Edwards, 17, and Carter-Vickers, 18, both made their debuts in Spurs’ 5-0 win over Gillingham.
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