Tottenham prospect Alex Pritchard has praised fellow youngsters Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane and Ryan Mason in an interview with Sky Sports.
Pritchard, 21, is currently on loan at Championship side Brentford, continuing his footballing education after a loan spell with Swindon Town last season.
The playmaker has racked up eight goals and six assists for the Bees this season, turning in a number of exceptional displays for Mark Warburton's men - but he's taken time out from their promotion push to tell Sky Sports how much he admires Bentaleb, Kane and Mason, who have all emerged under Mauricio Pochettino's management this season.
"It was a massive game against a great Chelsea team so the lads shouldn’t be too disappointed," Pritchard said. "They should be proud of themselves and I’m sure they’ll be back in a final soon. They’re still young and they’ll bounce back before the end of the season."
"They’re a talented group - Ryan, Harry, Nabil and all the other young players have worked hard in training and that’s the main reason behind their success. Long may it continue," he added.
Pritchard, who joined Spurs from West Ham in 2009, made his debut for Spurs last season, and is considered to be one of the rising stars at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has long been regarded as a manager willing to place his faith in young players, with a whole host of teenagers emerging under his stewardship during spells at Espanyol, Southampton and now Tottenham.
Pritchard, who has seven caps for the England Under-20's and Under-21's, returns to North London at the end of the season, and will be hoping to push for a place in the first team.
In Pochettino's often-used 4-2-3-1 system, Pritchard would be able to provide cover for Christian Eriksen in attacking midfield, whilst also offering an option from the left hand side, where he has played regularly for Brentford this season.
With superb dribbling, creativity and dead ball ability could make him a valuable member of Tottenham's first team next season - and after his performances this season, he certainly deserves the chance to become Pochettino's next young star, following in the footsteps of Bentaleb, Kane and Mason.