Mauricio Pochettino explains why he wants Tottenham to emulate opponents West Ham

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants his side to emulate West Ham's recent success with bringing through youth prospects.

Tottenham Hotspur take on West Ham United in the Premier League later today, with Spurs hoping to notch another three points in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to win the game given that Spurs are at home, and will again be spurred on by the strong young contingent at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino, who has always put his faith in young players during his spells as manager at Espanyol and Southampton, is doing just that at Tottenham, with the likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane playing key roles in Tottenham's recent run of seven wins in the last ten games.

Opponents West Ham have long had a reputation for bringing through top youth players, with the likes of Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe all making their way through the ranks at Upton Park - and Pochettino told the press that he wants to emulate that at Tottenham, as reported by Sky Sports.

"We hear in the past that West Ham had a lot of players in the academy who played in the first team - why can't we be like that?" Pochettino said. "Our philosophy is to give young talent a chance if they deserve it. Why is not possible for us to have a lot players in the team from the academy? We are very proud (of the young players) and the supporters feel that."

Now, fans will be expecting Pochettino to continue this reliance on youngsters in the coming years - and with the likes of Josh Onomah, Harry Winks and Alex Pritchard emerging, the Argentine has admitted that he has identified more players to bring through.

"Are there more I expect to come through? Yes, we detect some players who have the ability to play in the first team in the future. It's not because their passport is English, it's if they have the ability to play, they deserve the opportunity," said Pochettino.

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