Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles has been quoted by the Grimsby Telegraph suggesting Mauricio Pochettino has already dealt with his biggest challenge as manager.
Ardiles has suggested that Pochettino faced a massive challenge at the start of this season in terms of developing the team as he looked to change the philosophy at White Hart Lane.
However, he feels he has dealt with that challenge, changing several players for the better in the process.
“Mauricio is doing a tremendous job I think, he had a lot of work at the beginning of the season but if you look at the squad, he has changed a lot of players, especially the home-grown ones,” said Ardiles.
The home-grown players that Ardiles talks of have become integral to the team.
Harry Kane is the club’s best striker while the partnership of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason has become vital to the integrity of Tottenham’s midfield.
They have been consistent and they have played to a very high level against high quality opponents in a variety of pressure situations and competitions.
Tottenham have slowly become more consistent under Pochettino, as what he’s been trying to achieve in terms of playing style has slowly sunk in for the players.
The high press and getting the ball into Kane quickly have become common features of the current side and Tottenham have a great chance of finishing in the top four as a result.
It will be interesting to see how Pochettino further develops the younger players, because he’ll be keen for them to improve further at the club.
If he can reinvent them and keep them effective, Tottenham have a good core of players who can grow and excel over the next few years.