Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp used two current youngsters at the club to demonstrate why his old side have mastered the loan system, as he spoke to talkSPORT.
Tottenham seem to have got the balance between loaning out younger players and using them in the first team under Mauricio Pochettino exactly right.
Several current first team stars who have graduated through the club’s academy system all had to play on loan before they got their chances and Redknapp feels there are two youngsters well equipped to follow suit.
“I had Tom Carroll on loan and he’s a real good footballer – Alex Pritchard has done well with Brentford and has just signed a new four year contract with Tottenham,” he said.
“This is where the loans work – They’re going out and playing real football and they’ve all progressed – Hopefully Pritchard can go back and now really push for a place like the other young kids have done.”
Both Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard face a challenge to get into the Tottenham first team because midfield is one of the strongest areas of the squad.
For Carroll to slot into the middle of the team, he’s going to have to get himself above some very good players in the pecking order such as Mousa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and others.
Pritchard had a fantastic impact playing for Brentford last season and is someone who could have a really powerful and punchy impact on the Tottenham first team.
He’s also versatile and that gives him more chances to be selected under Pochettino, who will be looking at ways to get the next generation of youngsters into his team.
Tottenham haven’t done much wrong in terms of how they develop their youngsters and long may it continue.