Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Ugo Ehiogu explained that he’s hopeful more youngsters can progress from his under-21 side, when he appeared as a guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Ehiogu, who coaches the next generation of Tottenham youngsters, feels the youth ranks are a productive stepping stone for individuals who are looking to progress and make an impression under first team boss Mauricio Pochettino.
“We’ve got a couple of players in our development side who have touched the first team scene, have played a couple of games and have been on tour – It’s a great stepping stone for some of our boys,” he said.
The likes of Ryan Mason and Harry Kane are good examples of what can be achieved by Tottenham’s youngsters if they work hard enough, with Alex Pritchard also pushing for involvement next season, having impressed during a loan spell with Brentford.
One of the unique things about the Tottenham youth section and its relationship with the first team, is that the club isn’t afraid to subject the younger players to exposure under Pochettino.
Tottenham is a massive club with big expectation and a club where the demands are very high, considering the importance for the club to get into the Champions League.
Ehiogu, Pochettino and other coaches at the club all have a responsibility to ensure that the younger players are well looked after in the face of that pressure.
Youngsters are more vulnerable to dips in confidence because they don’t have the experience to give them a stronger mentality.
Ehiogu needs to simply continue driving the players in the under-21 ranks and Pochettino simply needs to continue showing the guts to play them.