Pochettino wanted £5m ace Julian Green to be first ever Tottenham signing, had lucky escape

Julian Green #37 of FC Bayern Munich smiles after scoring the last of his three goals against FC Internazionale during an International Champions Cup match at Bank of America Stadium on...

Tottenham wanted Julian Green three years ago, but his career has not lived up to expectations.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Totenham Hotspur at St James' Park in...

Mauricio Pochettino has been a big success at Tottenham Hotspur, but not all of his signings have been hits.

One player he tried to sign unsuccessfully was Bayern Munich attacker Julian Green, and in this case he may have had a fortunate escape.

The Metro reported in June 2014 that Pochettino planned to make Green his first ever signing for Tottenham, and was ready to pay £5 million for his services.

Daniel Ernesto Luis Saez #6 of Cuba attempts to tackle Julian Green #19 of the United States at Estadio Pedro Marrero on October 7, 2016 in Havana, Cuba.

Green, 18 at the time, had already earned a call up to the USA national team and was tipped as a star of the future.

But his career since has been a tale of unfulfilled potential.

Green did not managed to crack the Bayern first team, or look close to doing so, and made just five Bundesliga appearances in a poor loan spell at Hamburg.

Julian Green #37 of FC Bayern Munich smiles after scoring the last of his three goals against FC Internazionale during an International Champions Cup match at Bank of America Stadium on...

He stepped down to the second division with Stuttgart last season, moving permanently and showed a flash of promise, scoring once in 10 appearances, as they won promotion.

But it was not enough, as Stuttgart left him behind in the second tier, loaning him out to Greuther Furth.

Green, now 22, looks a long way off the promising player Tottenham wanted to sign.

While Mauricio Pochettino has a strong track record of developing players, it has not always worked; see wingers Clinton N'Jie and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Green may have been a gamble worth taking in 2014, but like his US teammate DeAndre Yedlin, it is unlikely his Tottenham career would have been a success.

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