Mauricio Pochettino’s response when asked about George Mells

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino worked at Southampton before moving to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

George Mells is not a name that many Southampton fans would remember, and it seems that even Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has forgotten him.

The 19-year-old central midfielder was on the books of Southampton from 2011 until 2014.

The teenager, who was previously at Chelsea from 2009 until 2011, did not feature in the Saints’ first team.

Mells was part of the Southampton youth team during his time at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Australia Under-20 international midfielder is now playing first-team football for A-League club Adelaide United and is doing quite well.

However, it seems that Pochettino does not remember Mells at all, despite being the manager of Southampton from January 2013 until the end of the 2013-14 season.

During a press conference on Thursday ahead of Tottenham’s pre-season friendly match against Atletico Madrid in Melbourne on Friday, the Argentine looked confused when he was asked by a local reporter about the 19-year-old midfielder.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

“We have a young boy called George Mells at Adelaide United, and as a youth player, he was at Southampton during your time," asked the reporter, as quoted by The London Standard Evening (click here to watch the video).

"He mentioned to me the other day that he had little odd jobs around the club, and one of them was actually tidying your office.

“So, I was wondering if you could shed some light on that, if you remember much of George Mells at Southampton?"

Pochettino clearly looked confused and did not recognise by the name at all, leading everyone in the room to burst into laughter.

The Tottenham head coach then added with a smile, “Maybe the jet lag has affected my mind.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

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