Mauricio Pochettino has always been known for his abilitiy to cultivate young players into world class talents. A stat in 2017 revealed that 15 of the last 30 England debutants were coached by Pochettino at the time of their international induction, proving just how much the Argentine is doing for the national set up.
However, Pochettino will be more concerned with the youths in Spurs’ setup, which remains one of the league’s youngest teams with an average age of just over 25 years.
Here are four players who the Tottenham boss could utilise as he looks to push Tottenham on in their joint pursuits of Premier League consistency and long-awaited silverware.
4. Oliver Skipp
Officially listed on the club’s website in the U18’s squad, Skipp has actually already started to force his way into Pochettino’s first team plans. The 18-year-old has made six appearances in the Premier League this term and boasts a 100% winning record when featuring in the top flight for Spurs.
Though he is yet to contribute in the goal scoring stakes, the local lad registered two assists in Tottenham’s third round FA Cup tie against Tranmere and will certainly be eyeing more minutes before the denouement of this campaign.
3. George Marsh
Another typical Pochettino player, Marsh plays a similar role to Skipp, but is slightly further down the Argentinian’s pecking order right now.
Marsh made his first team debut against Tranmere, making a 25 minute cameo in the second half with the result already determined.
Though he will be unlikely to feature heavily before the end of this season, Marsh is certainly a prospect for the future, having captained the U23 side on a number of occasions this year.
2. Kazaiah Sterling
Sterling made just one first team appearance this term before completing his loan move to Sunderland last month for the remainder of the campaign.
Despite failing to make his mark on the first team, the 20-year-old shone in the U23 side, scoring four goals and assisting two more in just seven Premier League 2 outings. So outstanding were his performances last month, he was awarded the player of the month title for January before tying up his loan move.
With Spurs desperately searching for a sustainable back up to Harry Kane, they may need look no further than their very own Sterling, who will be looking to gain first team experience during his stint with Sunderland this season.
1. Luke Amos
Another player who is highly rated by Pochettino, Amos will certainly be eyeing first team action under the Argentine’s tutelage in the upcoming seasons. During a loan spell with Stevenage, Amos made 16 appearances in League Two, scoring twice and appearing in every position across their midfield, demonstrating his immense versatility.
However, the 21-year-old’s dreams of making a push for Spurs’ first team this term were left in tatters early on after rupturing an anterior cruciate knee ligament in an U23’s game against Blackburn, which left the midfielder needing surgery and ultimately becoming unavailable for the remainder of this campaign.
Pochettino was full of praise for the youngster during pre-season, where Amos featured heavily on account of the absence of Spurs’ World Cup participants. Such is the Argentine’s admiration for Amos, the midfielder will undoubtedly be in his plans should Pochettino remain in north London this summer, and next season could be his breakthrough year in Tottenham colours.