Training at Tottenham has to be taken seriously, if you want to play at the weekend.
They have also had to play a lot of football this term and have one of the smaller squads for such a challenge.
That has meant plenty of rotation from Mauricio Pochettino. The full-backs in particular have chopped and changed. Tottenham have Danny Rose and Ben Davies who can play at left-back whilst Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker have both been excellent at right-back this season.
The threat of rotation however is having a positive impact on the team, insists Walker.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard today the England international made it clear that all the players need to give it their all in training if they are to make the first-team XI for the weekend:
“But you have to be 100 per cent in training. If you’re not, you will be found out, and if you’re found out he’ll probably pull you into his office the next day and ask you what the matter is. Either that or you’ll be dropped for the next game.
“If you don’t put in the effort in training, I can assure you that you don’t play at the weekend. You need to be at your best because when the team are flying, everyone wants the shirt.”
The competitive nature of selection at Tottenham can only breed good performances not only on the training pitch, but in matchday situations.
Pochettino appears to have got the balance right when it comes to rotation at Spurs and fans will hope it leads to silverware this season.