Pochettino explains the difference between Southampton and Tottenham's youth setups

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised the faith that Southampton have in their youth-system.

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Southampton are better than Tottenham Hotspur at bringing through youngsters because they have more faith in them.

Saints have produced a conveyer belt of talent in recent times, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers all coming through the youth-academy to be sold for big money and this something which Pochettino is hoping to do at White Hart Lane.

Although Pochettino admits that he will also need to buy quality, the Spurs boss is hoping to give more of his promising academy stars time to impress in the first-team.

"The young players here are of a similar standard to Southampton’s, only we need to take time to give them the chance to play," he said to the Standard. "At Southampton, they give the youngsters the possibility to play and that is the difference."

“Tottenham have spent a lot of money on the academy and creating a magnificent training ground and now we need to get the benefit from that. We have to create the structure to provide the chance to play in the first team."

“We have great talent in the academy, the staff are unbelievable people who work very hard and who have a passion for football. We need to give the vehicle for these young players to arrive in the first team."

“In football, there is always the question of balance. We need to find the balance between buying players and promoting those from the academy who deserve to play in the first team.”

At the moment, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb look the most likely candidates to step-up from the youth-levels into the first team at White Hart Lane.

The quartet are all members of the Pochettino's senior squad now and they will be looking to establish their places in the team as the season progresses.

If they are to do so, they will need to maintain a high standard as expectations at Spurs are greater than at Southampton.

The side are desperate to break into the top-four and establish themselves as Champions League candidates.

They will be able to showcase their credentials for that this weekend, too, as they take on Manchester City in what looks a very tough test of their ability. 

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