The Spurs trio Pochettino must protect with transfer window dealings

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to ensure that he still shows his faith in his young squad during the January transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur must ensure that the summer signings that they make do not impede on the development of the young stars who have turned this season around.

Despite a poor start, Spurs are looking like one of the leading contenders to claim a Champions League spot and this is largely down to the form of their untested stars.

While the more proven players in the Tottenham squad have struggled, Mauricio Pochettino's trust in their academy products has paid dividends.

Harry Kane has been a revelation up front, while Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason have become integral performers in the heart of their midfield.

Spurs are now unbeaten in their last nine games and sit just two points outside the top four. They are also in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, and have been given a favourable draw, while they remain in Europa League too. 

It means that this season has transformed from one which looked to be heading towards abject failure into potentially one of the most exciting the London side have experienced for some time. 

Pochettino has already been tipped to bring a host of new additions to strengthen Spurs's claims for success in all competitions, but he must remember the players who got him into this position.

Although there can be no questioning that a sprinkling of talent would go a long way at White Hart Lane, the reported overhaul could be to the detriment of the development of some of his key players.

Tottenham are said to be in talks to bring in Adrien Rabiot and Fabian Delph in the near future, but the arrivals of both would surely block the route to the first team for either Bentaleb or Mason.

Spurs are also said to be targeting a front man and while that may be a good idea, there has to be a question mark about where that would leave Kane.

Although he can play as a number 10, Kane has had great success leading the line and Pochettino must play a clever balancing act in the transfer window if he is to reward his youngsters for the fine work they have done under his tutelage so far and keep them motivated. 

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