Swansea City defender and former Pochettino disciple explains impact of Tottenham Hotspur boss

RCD Espanyol, Power8 Stadium

Jordi Amat played under Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol.

There is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino has had a massive impact on the Tottenham Hotspur young players this season.

The Argentine has helped the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli come into their own for Spurs and England and his past working with the kids at Espanyol has clearly put him in good stead.

At least that is what Swansea City defender Jordi Amat believes.

He has been singing the praises of Pochettino in the press this week.

Amat started his footballing career at Espanyol, where he played under the current Tottenham manager. He told The Indepenent about his time working with Pochettino and how he can see him impacting the current Spurs team the same way he did to him:

“Pochettino was like my father. It was a special relationship. He took care of me.

“It was so good to be part of that team in that time, a good feeling. He gave us a lot of confidence, I was so proud and happy to start so young.

“He was so important in that moment for the young lads like me, [Alvaro] Vazquez and Victor Ruiz, he gave us that opportunity.”

“The idea was very clear, from the first moment. How to play, how to press high. His philosophy is a mix of hard work and also quality on the ball. And he is doing the same at Tottenham now.”

There is no doubt that Pochettino appears to be having a similar impact at Spurs.

He has not been afraid to play the younger players on a regular basis – giving the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane key places in the team and bringing the likes of Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers into the first-team set-up.

The Swansea man is clearly not surprised to see Pochettino and Spurs doing so well. Time will tell it ends with a Premier League title.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch