Tottenham and Everton are leading the way in promoting domestic youth talent.
Speaking to the Telegraph, former Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has raved about Tottenham and Everton, claiming they are the perfect examples of club’s who focus upon youth development and encouraging homegrown players to succeed.
Sherwood said: “Everton are a great example of doing it the right way. Look at Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway and [John] Stones . They have got it right. So have Spurs. Those are two good managers, Mauricio Pochettino and Roberto Martínez who are willing to give young and developing players an opportunity.”
Sherwood has named a selection of Everton’s players who, Holgate aside, have established themselves as talented Premier League stars despite all coming from lower leagues.
John Stones was signed from Barnsley, Galloway was taken from MK Dons, and Coleman was brought in from Sligo Rovers of the Irish Premier Division.
They are hardly clubs where many scouts are going to track for top Premier League players, but Everton and head coach Martinez have proven that with dedication and hard work there is talent out there who can make the step up.
Sherwood also had praise for Spurs and their head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has similarly focused upon youth development and signing players from lower leagues, before adding quality to his squad with a few well thought out signings from abroad.
The likes of Dele Alli, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Eric Dier have all established themselves in the first-team at White Hart Lane despite their young age, and there is a new generation of talent coming through at Spurs who are sure to get chances at senior level.
Sherwood had a role to play in the development of some of these Spurs youngsters, but Pochettino and Martinez deserve all the praise they are getting for altering how Premier League clubs should look at lower leagues and player development.