Former Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Anthony Hudson says a collective effort is the reason behind the development of players like Harry Kane and Ryan Mason.
Former Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Anthony Hudson explained to talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel any one individual is responsible for the club’s current youngsters.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reaping the benefits of players in his first team who have developed and graduated from the side’s youth system in the last few seasons.
“It was the whole group and the way they worked; their appetite for learning, they always wanted to do well – the key to that group were Chris Ramsey, Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand,” said Hudson.
“Those three were key to that group, they invested a lot of time, really cared about the players and did extra work with them.”
Sherwood and Ramsey have both taken credit for the progression of star striker Harry Kane, with former manager Harry Redknapp previously suggesting that Kane would never have got a chance if Sherwood hadn’t become manager at White Hart Lane.
However, rather than single out one coach for praise, Hudson, who worked as a youth coach under the Redknapp regime, has stressed that it was a collective effort.
It’s important for the youth system at any club that a number of talented and forward thinking coaches are all playing off each other, all have a good relationship and are all able to offer an insight and guidance over how to develop players.
Hopefully the current generation of youth coaches at the club can show the same levels of care and attention to ensure that the likes of Alex Pritchard coming back in have a chance to make a big impact looking ahead to next season.