Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has been discussing the French players at Spurs who are struggling to get in the first team, according to quotes by Le10Sport.com, including Benjamin Stambouli, who has been linked with a departure to Watford recently by the Mail.
"In England, the numbers of players are much more," the 28-year-old is quoted as saying in L'Equipe. "We create bonds with other French players, so it's not easy to see them suffer. A boy like Benji Stambouli, for example, has to succeed, he has the talent, the head on the shoulders, is a hard worker, and I know he has not lost his year. He worked hard, and it's going to pay off.
"He will come out better. I love these kind of players who give everything for the team. He's really a good guy. "
As well as Lloris and the former Montpellier star, there are two more French internationals at White Hart Lane, not that you would know it having surveyed the last few months of match day squads, with Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue also at White Hart Lane.
If Stambouli feels hard done by, he should take a look at his two compatriots. Both started as key men for Pochettino in the early days of the season, with long-standing defender Kaboul even announced as club captain following Michael Dawson's departure, but the former Lyon man hasn't played a minute of league football since November and Capoue has just 21 minutes of league action in that time.
It makes Stambouli's 11 league appearances since November seem generous, though all three are being linked with leaving Spurs given their inability to claim the regular football they desire.
In contrast, Lloris is arguably the first name on Tottenham's team sheet, and has seen his name associated with a move to Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG by the likes of the Mail, after another outstanding season.