Jermaine Jenas has revealed on Eurosport.com what a lot of players used to complain to him at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been without a club since the end of the 2013-14 season, played for Spurs from 2005 till 2013.
The former Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United star has revealed that a lot of players at Spurs complained that the club did not give youngsters enough chances.
Jenas has also credited Tim Sherwood, now the manager of Premier League rivals Aston Villa, of changing that attitude at the North London outfit.
“Things at a club can change,” the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder wrote in his Eurosport column.
“A lot of players at Tottenham used to complain to me that there were no opportunities for young players, but then Tim Sherwood came in and bang: Bentaleb, Kane, Mason.
“It was like Tottenham had a sudden realisation that young players can contribute, and Mauricio Pochettino has taken it further.”
Tottenham have some of the most promising young players in England, with Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb now established first-team members.
The likes of DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard are also promising young players on the books of Spurs.
The problem with having too many youngsters in the first team is that they lack experience and can often make mistakes.
What clubs like Tottenham, who are aiming for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, need is the right mixture of experience and youth.