Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has told the London Evening Standard he expects Mauricio Pochettino’s young team to go from strength to strength.
The Argentine has used a number of younger players in his side this season, with Harry Kane the club’s best striker and Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason among those holding key roles in midfield.
“He has shown his trust in the young English players and other home-grown players here, like Nabil Bentaleb (an Algeria international). We’ve seen for a number of years that the young players here have ability,” Walker told the paper.
“There is a good core here and we can keep cracking on. If you’ve got the ability, why shouldn’t you be given the chance? The manager did it when he was at Southampton. He put trust in young players and it paid off.”
The sustainable promotion of younger academy players is key for any manager because it maintains the identity of the club, forms the spine of future teams and takes the pressure off slightly in terms of the transfer market.
What’s been most impressive about the younger players at Tottenham this season is how effective they have been under pressure.
Former manager Glenn Hoddle commented last year that Tottenham fans are particularly demanding and the club is fighting for some high stakes in terms of trying to get into the Champions League.
“It’s about managers telling them they believe in them, giving them confidence and telling them to go out and play. This is a young side and hopefully we can keep building as all the players get older.”
The only way younger players are going to grow and get stronger is if their manager shows them faith and gives them the opportunity to develop.
Mistakes will be made because they are younger players, but Tottenham certainly can’t be accused of neglecting their youth system, they’re cashing in on it.