Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Ugo Ehiogu recently described on the club’s website, how the club was approaching pre-season training with the club’s younger players and it’s a mentality, which will delight first team boss Mauricio Pochettino because it creates a number of positives for the manager.
Ehiogu explained that he’s trying to create an edge in training, aimed at encouraging the club’s younger players to move the ball quickly, which should make them more difficult to deal with and to contain.
“We've made sure there is an edge to training every day and the players will now have to use their intelligence to move the ball around,” Ehiogu told tottenhamhotspur.com.
Main reason Pochettino will be pleased
The main reason the first team manager will be pleased is because the importance of younger players to the Tottenham first team is quite obvious.
They are a sustainable supply line of talent and it’s an area of the club where Spurs have demonstrated real strength over the last couple of years.
It means Pochettino shouldn’t have any hesitation in selecting some youth products for a domestic competition or the Europa League over the next ten to eleven months.
Ready to have an instant impact
The younger players should also be ready to have an instant impact in the senior ranks, because of the way they have been coached into a method, which fits into Pochettino’s main philosophy.
Pochettino is a manager who likes his team to press high, move around and move the ball quickly as they go hunting for results.
If the younger players are already being taught along similar lines, it gives them a much better chance of being effective rather than intimidated when they come into the senior ranks
Youngsters have inspiration
Tottenham’s current crop of youngsters have inspiration because they can see in the form of Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and others, what can be achieved if they are prepared to work hard enough for a chance.