Chris Hughton claims Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been 'outstanding' at White Hart Lane

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The former Southampton boss has guided Spurs to a position where they can now be considered title contenders in the Premier League.

Former Tottenham player, coach and assistant manager Chris Hughton believes that Mauricio Pochettino deserves an enormous amount of credit for the work he has done at White Hart Lane, Sky Sports reports.

Following the dramatic victory over Manchester City on Sunday, Spurs sit second in the Premier League table, just two points adrift of leaders Leicester, and boast the best goal difference in the division by some margin. And Hughton was full of praise for what the Argentinian has achieved with the club.

"What Pochettino's done has been outstanding, because in the initial period when he came into the club there had been a massive recruitment process just before," he told Sky Sports.

"He's brought in and developed some young players and among all of that he's also trimmed the squad and had to move players out.

"It's tough to get the balance of moving out players and developing young players. it takes time generally and he's done it very well."

When Pochettino left Southampton to take over at the club, Spurs had just finished sixth in the table, 10 points off the top four, and their recruitment had come under scrutiny following their apparent inability to spend the money they made from selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid wisely the previous summer. 

Now, having had time to make his mark on the squad, he has managed to get the best out of some of the players that had previously been somewhat written off as flops, such as Erik Lamela, and coupled those players with a crop of extremely talented youngsters. 

And given how little time it has taken Pochettino to make the impact that has seen them move from top four outsiders to title contenders, it is hardly surprising that people like Hughton, who have spent so much time with the club down the years, have been hugely impressed by the progress he has made. 

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