Stuart Pearce: Tottenham's academy is as good as anywhere in the country

The former England Under-21 manager has spoken highly of the Tottenham Hotspur academy.

Former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce doesn't believe Tottenham will finish in the top four this season - but says it is very possible over the next couple of years due to the talent coming through their academy, according to BBC Sport.

Speaking during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, Pearce praised the north London side's young squad, suggesting it will mature over the next 12 months.

And Pearce was especially generous in terms of his praise for Spurs' academy.

Indeed, the 52-year-old believes Tottenham's youth system is as good as anywhere else in England, hailing some of the talented youngsters they have at their disposal.

“I think they’ve got a squad that will mature over the next year or so. And they’ve got a really good academy setup," the former England Under-21 and Nottingham Forest manager said on Final Score.

“I think their academy - and some of the youngsters they’ve got there - is as good as anywhere in the country.

“So, over the next couple of years, yes [they can finish in the top four].”

Pearce's words are well timed considering Tottenham's recent victory over Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup. The north London side still have the second leg of their semi-final to go against the Blues - but the signs are very encouraging indeed.

As for Spurs' senior team, the QPR victory took them to sixth in the Premier League, above Southampton and just a point behind fifth-placed Liverpool.

Manchester United, in fourth, are only three points further up, while third-placed Arsenal are four points above Tottenham.

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