Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Ugo Ehiogu told talkSPORT that there is continuous work going on behind the scenes at the club, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to brand his philosophy all over White Hart Lane.
Ehiogu feels the club’s younger players are benefiting from a new style and mentality, which has been developed under Pochettino, as he looks to guide Spurs towards the Holy Grail of Champions League football.
“There is work going on behind the scenes and there have been improvements which I don’t think you can always seem from outside the club, but there have been some definite improvements,” he said.
“The style of play and the mentality the manager wants, you can see with Harry Kane and Ryan Mason coming through, Nabil (Bentaleb) and Danny Rose especially – All of the boys that have come through at Spurs have benefited from this new style of thinking and new style of play.”
The main shift in mentality that Pochettino has created with the youngsters is creating a genuine belief that hard work will equate to a first team chance.
It’s very important that younger players have been successful in Tottenham’s first team because DeAndre Yedlin, Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard are among the group who will be looking for chances next season.
They wouldn’t have any motivation if the names that Ehiogu mentions, hadn’t had a chance and hadn’t been successful.
There’s not much wrong with the style that Pochettino has developed at Tottenham, with the high press encouraging the players to win possession back quickly and maintain pressure over their opposition.
He does have to tweak things because the defence was poor at times last season and there is a need for some extra width down one side, but the general outlook of the way Tottenham are playing is positive.