Five Spurs players who could benefit most from Pochettino arrival

Andros Townsend

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the new manager, taking charge at White Hart Lane on a five-year deal.

The 42-year-old Argentine coach has impressed in the Premier League in charge of Southampton where he championed a number of young players and instilled an attacking, expansive and ambitious approach to Premier League football.

1) Nabil Bentaleb

Under former manager Tim Sherwood, this 19-year-old midfielder was given access to the first team, making 18 appearances for Spurs in all competitions. While the young midfielder is still developing and learning his trade he could not have hoped for a better mentor to come in than Pochettino who proved his worth to Southampton’s young prospects such as Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez and Calum Chambers and, likewise, Bentaleb will certainly be a beneficiary of his faith in young players.

2) Christian Eriksen

One of Spurs’ most creative and key players is the still only 22-year-old Denmark international who arrived from Ajax last summer. The attacking midfielder functions best in the channel between midfield and forward lines, effectively as an attacking play-maker for club and country.

Eriksen made 36 appearances and scored 10 goals and made 12 assists for Spurs last term and, under the new boss, one can only expect him to improve on that record next term. Pochettino’s 4-3-3 setup at Southampton with the ball or 4-5-1 without it centres around the Marcelo Bielsa school of thought that the free midfield play-maker is so pivotal in. I imagine Pochettino will specifically set his team out to get the best out of the Dane’s tremendous talent.

3) Lewis Holtby

Lewis Holtby arrived at Spurs as one of the continent’s most exciting young attacking midfielders, but despite some promising performances, he failed to cement his place in the first team. That said, should he stay on at White Hart Lane past this summer, he could definitely find a manager willing to put faith in his ability and get the best out of him in an attacking, progressive and expansive attacking line-up that would suit him ideally.

4) Andros Townsend

The 22-year-old England winger suffered injury this term, just as he began to stride forward as one of the most exciting English players with his performances for club and country but there is absolutely no doubt Townsend has the capability of becoming as dangerous as the likes of even Gareth Bale.

Pochettino could well be the man to develop his game to that level – Rodriguez, Lallana and fullback Shaw are talented players but in my estimation, Townsend is the greater talent and he will undoubtedly benefit from having Pochettino in charge.

5) Harry Kane

A youngster on the verge of super-stardom, the 20-year-old forward will be crossing his fingers and toes in the hope Pochettino opts to keep him at the club after his numerous loan spells.

He scored 12 goals and provided eight assists last term across 27 appearances in the Premier League, under-21 Premier League, Europa League and League Cup to great acclaim and he will be a huge player for Spurs in the next few years if Pochettino can develop him with hard work on the training ground, bringing him up to the level required and expected of him.

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