Tottenham Hotspur under-21 coach Ugo Ehiogu told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT yesterday that things are just beginning with the club’s youth ranks.
Tottenham’s youth system has created several players currently fighting for places in the first team at White Hart Lane, with the talented Alex Pritchard away on loan and playing well with Brentford.
“We’re trying to work to get a balance of players being ready for the first team and also developing them to get them better and capable for someone else’s first team if not our first team,” said Ehiogu.
“There are a couple of boys who have made their debuts already – but that’s just the start of it. Are you hungry enough and can you learn enough to push on and make the first team?”
The comments will be extremely encouraging for first team boss Mauricio Pochettino, who will be reviewing the performances of younger players throughout the season, looking for the next one to step into the side.
Ehiogu’s comments show common sense and logic in terms of how Tottenham currently view their younger players.
The ultimate goal of every youngster will be to become the next Harry Kane or Ryan Mason, but that’s not always possible and there are positives to be had in loan moves away from the club as Pritchard is showing.
Ehiogu doesn’t seem to be content with the current situation and it’s exciting that he wants more from the younger players and more from the academy system.
One of the only ways Tottenham’s youth system will continue to grow and develop is if it’s continuously challenged from the basic youth teams all the way through to a more established under-21 setup.