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Spurs legend impressed with Pochettino: 'He could help England too'

Tottenham favourite Ledley King feels the club's new Argentinian manager could get the best out of the youngsters coming through.

Ledley King has disclosed that he is hugely impressed with the work new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino did at Southampton, and believes the promising young players at White Hart Lane could flourish under the Argentine.

Having been at the club since the 1990s, King is able to give a fair opinion of the quality of the young players now coming through, himself having arrived via the Tottenham academy before going on to make 321 appearances for the Lilywhites, as well as winning 21 caps for England.

Speaking to the Daily Star, the former Spurs captain and current coach and ambassador at the club also stated that it could be something that ends up benefitting the England national team.

"What impressed me was he had faith in the young players at Southampton," said King. "All the English players thrived under him.

"Players like Lallana and Shaw played the best football of their careers under him. From Tottenham's point of view it's great to have a manager who believes in young players.

"If they're good enough then they're old enough. There are young players at Spurs who have a real opportunity to make the first team in the future now.

"We have players here like Harry Kane who has come through. It looks like the manager has faith in him.

"There are younger players coming through as well. It's important for them to see that they can have success like that one day.

"If these kids keep doing the right things then hopefully they will have a big future at the club. That can only be good for the England team too."

Despite starring for Tottenham over his 13 years at the club, he only turned out in the Champions League for one season, in 2010-11. Despite Spurs' struggling to achieve sustained top level European football during that time, they have been in or around Champions League places for several years now, and King is confident they can make another challenge for the top four under Pochettino, even if a title tilt may be a little beyond them.

"To have a team that went from champions to finishing seventh shows the strength of the league.

"There are seven teams who can finish in the top four. There are two or three, maybe four, who believe they can win the league. We are not one of them at the moment.

"We need a bit of time. We have a new manager and a new style of play. It's going to be tough to break into the top four but if we have a good season we are capable of doing that."

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