By Danny Wright
Jamie Redknapp has raved about Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for putting faith in youngsters and has implied that the reluctance of other managers is a major reason as to why the England national team isn’t enjoying much success.
Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks have all come of age under Pochettino’s leadership in North London and have started to become regular parts of the Three Lions set-up ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
Redknapp has also aimed a subtle dig at Chelsea for not playing their young English players as much, noting that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played considerably less senior matches than Alli has, despite being three months older.
Loftus-Cheek got fans and pundits raving about him last week when he made his international debut against Germany, where he earned a man of the match award in a 0-0 draw at Wembley.
The Chelsea youth product has barely got any game time at Stamford Bridge and is currently on loan at Premier League basement boys Crystal Palace, and ex-Spurs player Redknapp believes that the Blues have potentially missed out on a trick by not showing enough faith in the midfielder.
“The challenge is to stand out in a team at the bottom of the league, in a relegation dogfight, but that’s what he needs to do now,” said Redknapp about Loftus-Cheek on the Daily Mail website.
“It is remarkable that he is three months older than Alli, but has played 149 games fewer, which takes us back to the debate about giving young players a chance.”
He added: “Managers have no desire currently to develop players because their attitude is, ‘I am only here for a couple of years, where’s the chequebook?’ If they had to pick them, they would work harder on developing them.
“There are no such problems at Spurs, where manager Mauricio Pochettino picks young players. Alli is a good example of one who went from MK Dons to being a match-winner against Real Madrid. Would Loftus-Cheek have been given the same chance against Roma if he had stayed at Chelsea?”
Alli pulled the strings against Madrid earlier this month when he scored a double at Wembley to book Spurs’ spot in the Champions League last-16.
Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, has been fighting a relegation battle with a beleaguered Crystal Palace and there’s no doubt that his performance for England shows that he deserves much better.
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