Tottenham legend speaks on Pochettino effect

Les Ferdinand is impressed by the start Mauricio Pochettino has made at White Hart Lane.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Les Ferdinand has praised the club's start to the season under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, and has stressed the need for stability at White Hart Lane.

Spurs sit at the top of the Premier League after opening their 2014/15 campaign with two wins. They followed their last-gasp 1-0 victory over West Ham United by thrashing Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday.

Ferdinand, who worked as an assistant to manager Tim Sherwood last season, believes that the Argentine is getting the best out of the signings made by the previous regime, and hopes that he stays at the club for the long haul.

"I think he has inherited a set of lads that came in last season and have had a year of experience," the former England international told the BBC.

"He has gone in there and brought his philosophy in and he's had a pre-season with them, showing them the style of football he wants to play.

"I think [stability] is what Spurs have been crying out for for a few years now – you need someone who the chairman is going to give time to develop a team.

"He has got a five-year contract, I hope he does at least three years of that because then they might be able to see the benefits of him coming in."

One man who Pochettino seems to be getting the best out of is fellow Argentine Erik Lamela. The former Roma man started just three games last season after moving to White Hart Lane for £30 million, but has hit the ground running in this campaign. He picked up two assists in the win over QPR.

Nacer Chadli was also handed a start on Sunday and justified Pochettino's faith in him with two goals. Eric Dier, who signed this summer from Sporting Lisbon, chipped in with his second goal in as many Premier League games.

After last season's spending spree Pochettino has an abundance of players at his disposal, and Ferdinand believes that the squad needs to be trimmed before the end of the transfer window.

"I still think he may have a problem come the end of the transfer window if he's got 37 professionals around him," he said.

"I think he wants a squad of 25 and if he's got more than that sometimes players who are not playing can bring unrest to the dressing room."

Club captain Michael Dawson could be the next to leave. He has been linked with a move to Hull City, and the two clubs have reportedly agreed a deal in principle.

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