Alvin Martin explains what surprised him about Pochettino following move from Southampton to Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton to join Tottenham in 2014.

Pochettino is starting to create a truly competitive Spurs team, and Alvin Martin has told talkSPORT that he is surprised it has taken so long for the Argentine boss to have an impact since leaving Southampton for White Hart Lane.

Martin said: “The only thing that has surprised me a little bit, is that it seemed to take a little longer than it did at Southampton, for him to have a full effect upon the squad and the club.”

Pochettino left Southampton in the summer of 2014, joining Spurs in what was earmarked the start of a new era at White Hart Lane.

He created a somewhat competitive team in his first season, but the entire campaign was about assessing his team ahead of this campaign, when Pochettino could have the final say on his team.

Martin has admitted he was surprised that Pochettino did not have as much of an impact in his first season at White Hart Lane, but considering the situation he came into at Spurs, it should not be a shock that Pochettino has taken his time at the club.

He spent last season with a squad which he inherited, and in which there were a number of players whom he was clearly not keen on, meaning he had to wait until the end of the campaign to rebuild the squad.

He completed this sort of work in the summer transfer window, clearing out the deadwood and signing a number of players who fit his philosophy, and now Spurs are starting to reap the benefits.

Tottenham have the perfect manager in charge for the way they are run right now, and after a slow year in his first season at White Hart Lane, Pochettino is really starting to impress with the Lilywhites.

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