Tottenham’s Nathan Oduwa reveals pre-season focus on pressing

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The youngster was also keen to continue his development alongside several first-team stars on Saturday.

Tottenham youngster Nathan Oduwa has revealed to the club’s official website that the north London side are focusing heavily on pressing in pre-season.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is a well-known advocate of his sides pressing high up the pitch, with his Southampton team in particular doing it to great effect.

It is something he has implemented at Spurs since taking charge last summer to varying levels of success last season and youngster Oduwa has revealed it is something that they have been working on this pre-season as well.

"We’ve been working hard in pre-season as you can see,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.

"We’ve worked on pressing and a lot of the boys’ fitness levels are increasing all the time. The match against Southend really helped and it’s a good boost for everyone who played."

The youngster was given the chance to test himself alongside some of the first-team squad on Saturday, as Spurs took on Southend United.

And the attacking midfielder made a good impression, as he set up Josh Onomah and Danny Rose for the first two goals and then got on the scoresheet himself in his side’s 4-0 win.

And he says that, although he was of course pleased to have made such a significant contribution in the game, the chance to further his development alongside the first team players was the more valuable experience.

"I’m glad I got a chance to play with some Premier League stars today," he added.

"I’ll take the two assists and a goal any day, but really I’m just happy that I got minutes under my belt in a senior environment and that my fitness levels are getting up there."

More of the same next season

The youngster’s insight is certainly an interesting one as it essentially reveals that Pochettino’s side will be sticking with their high pressing game next season.

Indeed, the news from the youngster likely doesn’t come as a shock, with the Argentine manager having already moved to bolster his defence for next season with the additions of Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and more.

Whether those two prove to be a success remains to be seen but it certainly seems Spurs fans will be getting more of the same from their side next season - whether that is good or bad.

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