COMMENT By Danny Wright
Mauricio Pochettino’s project at Tottenham is starting to show some real results.
He’s revolutionised the north London club from perennial underachievers to serious title candidates.
If Chelsea weren’t in such top form this season, it could easily have been Tottenham’s year.
Pochettino has built up one of the strongest squads in the league and has mainly done so by getting the best out of young, English talent.
In fact he’s done more for the England national team than the FA, or any other English boss has managed in years.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and to some extent Harry Winks have all been key parts of the Spurs set-up this season and Pochettino’s faith in the young stars have paid dividends.
However if the Argentinean manager wants to continue building up a squad that can challenge for the title, he should do what it takes to sign Michael Keane from Burnley.
Although perhaps not as attractive as other signings that Spurs have been linked to in the past few months, the newly-made England international could become a defensive stalwart at the club as Jan Vertonghen approaches the age of 30.
The Belgian centre-back is no doubt one of the best in the league but he is constantly in the shadow of his younger defensive partner Toby Alderweireld.
Both players offer different things to the Tottenham defence, but neither of them fit Pochettino’s ethos of blooding young, up-and-coming Englishmen.
At 24-years-of-age, Keane already has a plethora of experience to his name with over 100 appearances in all competitions for the Clarets as well as learning valuable big-club experience while at Manchester United.
United have nurtured a huge amount of English players that they have since discarded, only to see them reach great things at other clubs and Tottenham have to capitalise on that.
Keane makes his first ever senior England appearance on Wednesday night against Germany at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park and Pochettino will hopefully keep a very close eye on how he performs against a side that boasts some of Europe’s best talent.
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