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.
“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.”
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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“It is true it is easier to go to France or Spain or Germany or Portugal or Argentina or Brazil to buy players.
“To bring players — 17, 18 or 19 year olds, or your own players — through the academy when you have money to go in different markets… that is only if you are a little bit crazy — like we are.
“We in believe in younger players and discovering the talent.”