Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with the latest comments from youngster Ryan Fredericks.
Fredericks, on loan at Middlesbrough from Tottenham, has been speaking about his loan side’s draw against Watford over the weekend showing a real passion after defeat to Wolves.
“We didn’t play well at Wolves and we paid the price for that but we did well at Brighton and deserved the win there,” Fredericks told Gazette Live.
“Obviously we were disappointed we didn’t get all three points but it was a good performance and we have to take the positives from that into the next game.”
One of the things Pochettino will be looking for in any player on loan away from Tottenham is a desire to learn and gain experience, which means learning how to go from one bad result and improving in the next game.
It could be all too easy for a player such as Fredericks to hide after a poor result, such as the one against Wolves, because he’s owned by a higher profile club from the Premier League.
The defender has also hinted at consistency, which is another thing Pochettino will be looking for.
Consistency breeds development, which will see Fredericks return to Tottenham as a more complete defender, giving Pochettino a positive headache ahead of next season.
“If we can keep playing like that, if we can keep hitting those standards then we will have weeks and runs when we take more points and we’ll stay up at the top.”
Tottenham’s ultimate aim is to have a squad of players experienced with how to play consistently and keep their team near the top of the table and in and around the European places.
Fredericks is ticking all of the boxes so far, but it’s up to him to ensure that he’s putting Pochettino under pressure for a start when he eventually goes back to White Hart Lane.