Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Sherwood has highlighted what he likes most about Pochettino having taken charge of Spurs in the summer.
“I like that he is willing to look at everyone and judge on what he sees and I’m delighted for those boys,” the now-Aston Villa ahead coach said. “They were always the best trainers and they’ve forced his hand. They’ve done well and improved.”
Sherwood was in charge of the Lilywhites for the second half of last season, and it was Argentine coach Pochettino who replaced him in the summer, arriving from a successful spell with Southampton.
Spurs’s season is sure to end trophyless, but Pochettino took them to the League Cup Final, and there is a real progression on show at White Hart Lane, hinting at a real future for the club.
This future includes the likes of Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb, who have all cemented themselves as key first-team players this season. Pochettino has decided against using his summer signings to strengthen the squad, with only Eric Dier showing any real sense of being a consistent figure in his plans.
It was Sherwood who gave the latter two their debuts last season, although only Bentaleb showed real signs of having enough quality to secure a first-team role. Kane has broken through this season, alongside Mason - who only started a game for the first time in September.
Pochettino has improved on Sherwood’s work from last term, and kept the faith in the young players who were on the scene under him. It is good to see that a foreign manager is looking towards the English future rather than abroad for mediocre signings, and Sherwood is right to highlight Pochettino’s willingness and judgement as two of his best traits.