Former youth coach explains main fear over youngsters at Tottenham

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Anthony Hudson, a youth coach at Tottenham under Harry Redknapp, is wary of the outside influence on younger players at the club.

Former Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Anthony Hudson explained in an interview for Extra Time on talkSPORT that he feels it’s important the club’s youngsters have someone protecting their best interests.

Hudson is wary of the pressure being applied to younger players as well as the influence third parties can have over them, trying to pull them in directions which may not benefit the football club.

“They’re getting pressured from all angles – they want to play in the Champions League, they’ve got people pulling them in different directions,” he said.

“It’s important they have someone with their best interests at heart.”

However, Tottenham have shown this season that they have a good grip over the best way to handle and approach using their younger players.

Striker Harry Kane and midfielder Ryan Mason have both been used effectively by manager Mauricio Pochettino and have both signed new contracts with the club seemingly determined to protect their younger players from outside influences.

Pochettino also deserves a big pat on the back because he does have very good experience in terms of the way he coaches younger players.

He’s incentivised them and shown them that if they work hard enough, they will force their way into the first team.

The main aim at Tottenham is always going to be qualifying for the Champions League and players could take moves to other teams to play in Europe.

However, they are not guaranteed to start games in the same way they have been offered the chance to progress and develop at White Hart Lane.

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