Roberto Martinez deserves equal praise to Pochettino this season

Roberto Martinez

The Everton manager has been just as important in developing English talent as the Tottenham boss.

Tottenham Hotspur’s fine form this season has seen manager Mauricio Pochettino praised by many.

Outside of the Premier League, he has also been heralded for his development of young English talent, with several of his stars earning senior call-ups of late.

Eric Dier and Dele Alli were the most recent stars to impress for England, with Harry Kane having firmly established himself in the side with last season’s performances.

There are also the likes of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to consider, while Andros Townsend has featured in the past.

Pochettino has been firmly credited with developing these players, with the likes of Alli and Dier in particular having benefited from his presence most this season.

However, he is not the only manager in the Premier League developing young English talent, with Roberto Martinez doing a similar thing at Everton.

John Stones has continued his fine progress since the Catalan took over in 2013/14, while Ross Barkley has picked up again for club and country after struggling last season.

Both have recently impressed for England, and are being widely touted as regulars for next summer’s European Championships in France.

Indeed, both are more likely to play a big part for their country next season than the Tottenham midfield will do at this stage.

And Martinez has been key to that development, with his willingness to encourage them despite mistakes something that has had a positive impact on both.

This season has also seen him aid the development of youngster Brendan Galloway, with the defender having starred in the absence of Leighton Baines.

With England struggling for a fit left back, he could even be a surprise call up next summer should he continue to impress in the Blues first team.

Even if he doesn’t, credit must still be given to Martinez for his willingness to give another youngster the chance to impress in the first team.

So while Pochettino is being rightly saluted for his work at White Hart Lane, Martinez should be getting equal praise for his efforts with England’s fledgling young talent.

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