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Pochettino on why Spurs is PERFECT for young players and his Fergie inspiration

Date Posted,April 12, 2017

Mauricio Pochettino insists that under him Tottenham is the “perfect club” for young English players.

The Argentinean claims Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United is his inspiration and that the home-grown stars of tomorrow have the same talent as up-and-coming players in Argentina, Spain and Brazil.

Spurs starlets have won the PFA’s Young Player of the Award four times in the last five years, and their main men Harry Kane and Dele Alli have both been nominated for it again this season.

Pochettino, who insisted Alli should also have been short-listed for the main Players’ Player award with Kane, said: “Tottenham are showing a big belief and faith in young players.

2015: Tottenham’s Kane is voted Young Player of the Year by his PFA peers (Photo: PA)
2016: Alli keeps the award in Spurs hands — and both men are short-listed this year too (Photo: PA)

“Tottenham is not the only club, but I think it is one of the best few clubs that believes and for young players it is a perfect club to develop their game.

“It’s a big pressure to win when you are a big club. But I think for me 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, which created the core of a team that won everything.

“That is a good example for me.”

Alex Ferguson’s Class of ’92 featured Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, the Nevilles and Nicky Butt (Photo: Man Utd/Getty)

This pressure sees Premier League clubs opt to buy ready-made foreign players than develop home-grown talent.

“The problem is to show you have faith and believe,” Pochettino claimed. “One of our challenges in the last four years was to show the English people that the talent exists here.

“I think Southampton [Pochettino’s previous club] and Tottenham are showing if you believe and work and spend time, that they have the same talent as in Argentina, Spain and Brazil.

“It is all about belief.

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