David Pleat: The 'secret' to Tottenham discovering their next home-grown star

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat has described what he sees as key for the discovery of the club's next home-grown talent.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat told Back Pass Magazine what he feels is the secret for Spurs unearthing the next Ryan Mason or Harry Kane.

Tottenham have been superb over the past year in terms of blooding younger players and giving a chance to players who have emerged through the club’s academy system.

Pleat has stressed that it’s important Tottenham don’t rest on their laurels and continue to look for the next talented youngster who can give Mauricio Pochettino a different option.

“Everyone at Tottenham is eagerly awaiting the next in line who they can clearly call ‘one of our own’. The secret is to encourage, identify but most importantly give an opportunity,” he said.

“Home-grown talent can rest assured that they will not be denied the chance if they are good enough.”

Pochettino is not a manager who is afraid to take a risk. At times they work and at times they don’t but younger players are never going to grow and develop unless they are exposed to the pressure of playing in Tottenham’s first team.

Younger players can’t get better unless they are forced to raise their standards and performance levels because exposure to a higher level demonstrates flaws or weaknesses they have to work on to be able to compete.

The other major positive of Tottenham producing players through their youth system is that there is less need for the club to look at making major investments in the transfer market.

There is arguably less of a need for the club to invest in younger players compared to some of their rivals, which should allow them to be more competitive in terms of transfers when they go after other key targets.

It will be interesting to see who breaks through next season.

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