Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT why he feels the under-21 European Championship will be a good experience for the club’s younger players.
Spurs are well represented in Gareth Southgate’s squad with Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard all part of the setup which will compete this summer in the Czech Republic.
“I think it’s a good tournament for their kids – it’ll get them used to playing tournament football – I think it’s great and it’s about time England won a tournament like that so I’d like to see us put our best team out, the best players go and I think it’s only good for their progression,” said Redknapp.
It’s a definite positive for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino because it’s evidence of the quality and productiveness of the club’s academy system.
Pochettino made the younger players to graduate through the academy a key part of his team last season and Carroll and Pritchard in particular will be looking to push for places after the under-21 Euros when pre-season for Spurs kicks in.
The obvious worry that the Tottenham boss may have, along with some of the club’s fans, is that fatigue will start to creep into their games, forcing Tottenham into commissioning longer rest periods and potentially causing some players to miss the start of the Premier League season.
Pochettino will be looking for ways his key players can improve and participation in international tournaments is one way that can happen.
It exposes the players in question to a good standard of football, which will help refine their games and barring any troublesome injuries, Spurs will benefit as a result.