Pochettino confirms Pritchard is part of first-team plans, hails Alli's 'big' potential


The Tottenham head coach is pleased with the development of his side's youngsters - who could be in for a huge season.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard will be part of his first-team plans in the Premier League this season, according to London 24.

Pochettino says he has been waiting on Pritchard in particular, with the 22-year-old the subject of heavy anticipation at White Hart Lane.

Alli, too, though, will play in the capital this term, with the Argentine also hailing his 'big' potential.

Pochettino told reporters: "Yes, maybe yes. He is very young and his potential is big and that’s why we signed him. We always have to be careful with young players as pre-season is not the same as the Premier League but we are happy with all our young players here.

"The idea is to keep him here and provide him with a different environment to last season at Milton Keynes and to try to develop his quality."

And, on Pritchard, the Tottenham boss said: "We also have Pritchard, who was injured during our pre-season. He is nearly ready to come back and start to train with us. It was a shame because we expect a lot from him but he was injured through all of pre-season."

Can both make an impact this season?

From Pochettino's comments, it looks as though Pritchard is set to play a big role at White Hart Lane this term. Tom Carroll has already made an impression during pre-season and should see plenty of game time. Pritchard could be of a similar ilk for Spurs, although the 22-year-old will have to catch up on the time he has missed through injury.

Pochettino's approach to the younger Alli appears more cautious. The teenager's pre-season performances have been mesmerising, however, and it's clear he has the talent to affect games in north London this term.

Could it be a case of Alli being managed more carefully and perhaps making several substitute appearances?

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