Tim Sherwood: Mauricio Pochettino deserves huge credit for Spurs progress

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has praised the job Mauricio Pochettino has done at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Tim Sherwood has told the Daily Mail that Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for sticking by the club's youngsters since taking charge at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur have regularly included the likes of Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in their first-team this season and Sherwood says that he is pleased that Pochettino has given them their opportunity.

The Aston Villa boss helped bring through Bentaleb and Kane during his time at the club and he believes Pochettino has done the right thing by keeping faith in them this season. 

"You have to give a lot of credit to Pochettino for sticking with them boys," he said.  "A lot of managers would have gone 'no thank you, give me some of those players who end in an I or an O from foreign countries, who might not be as good as these young players'. But he hasn't, he's stuck to plan, and I've got to give him a lot of credit for that.

"I think I was right because they've emerged as top talents. Harry Kane was exceptional. These are players who cost the club nothing, probably a hundred grand between them on what they've eaten through the years in that canteen! That's all."

Without Kane, Mason and Bentaleb, Tottenham may well have struggled this season as the trio have been three of the team's best performers this season.

Mason and Bentaleb have formed a strong partnership in midfield, whilst Kane has stolen headlines on regular occasions.

The 21-year-old striker has managed to hit the back of the net 29 times and he looks to be one of the most dangerous strikers in the entire country.

It means that the future looks bright at Spurs and Sherwood will feel pleased that he is able to claim he played a small part in the success that the Lilywhites have had this season. 

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