Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino was quoted by the London Evening Standard earlier today suggesting he wouldn’t invest in transfer signings if he didn’t feel the players coming in were better than his academy products.
It may well be the biggest and most impressive commitment he’s made since he joined the club from Southampton.
So many managers in a similar position to Pochettino would use the resources of such a big club to spend big and buy players who would seemingly give the side a boost over the second half of the season.
Spurs are under massive pressure to get into the Champions League and not many managers would have the admirable patience Pochettino is showing.
It speaks volumes of his relationship and respect for younger players and also means he’s thinking about the way he manages Tottenham from a sustainable point of view.
Financial Fair Play means sides are no longer in a position to simply keep buying the spine of a team, which shifts emphasis onto the younger players at a club, to rise up through the academy ranks and into the first team.
The Argentine got the formula right at Southampton and he seems to have got the formula right at White Hart Lane.
Ryan Mason, Eric, Dier, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane are four younger players benefiting from his guidance and although Dier was a signing from Sporting Lisbon last summer, the evidence of Tottenham placing faith in younger players is there for all to see.
The only way younger players can develop and form a career for themseleves is if they’re given a chance at the highest level and that’s exactly what Pochettino has given to the academy prospects at the club.
Not only does it allow Tottenham to have a sustainable side, it also allows the other younger players at the club to have something to aspire to.
The first team has physical evidence of players who have gone through what a lot of youngsters are experiencing, coming out of the other end of the tunnel with a first team place and a bright future.
Hats off to Mauricio.