What Mauricio Pochettino must do if Tottenham are to truly evolve as a club

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the Tottenham Hotspur FC Training Session ahead of there UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match against Juventus at...

Tottenham Hotspur have not won a trophy since their 2008 League Cup triumph.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and...

Mauricio Pochettino deserves so much credit for the manner in which he has gone about his business at Spurs, since taking over as manager of the club back in May 2014.

The Argentine has galvanised Tottenham as a football club, so much so that they are now considered to be genuine contenders for major honours, both domestically and on the continent.

The one question that still hangs over his head, though, is whether he has the ability to guide his side to a trophy - something that they absolutely must do sooner rather than later, if they are to keep hold of their star players.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

The Lilywhites currently sit in fifth position in the Premier League table, a massive 20 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, so the league title is obviously out of their reach this season.

They are also in a good position in the Champions League, having drawn 2-2 away at Juventus in the first-leg of their last 16 tie against the Turin giants.

Winning Europe's premier competition will arguably be a step too far for Spurs this season, however, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, to name but a few, still left in the draw.

With this in mind, Pochettino should surely prioritise winning the FA Cup this season, or at least give his side the best chance of doing so.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley...

The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen need to taste success, if they are to commit their futures to the club, and whilst the FA Cup has undoubtedly lost some of its magic, it is still a trophy, and could help kick Tottenham on to bigger and better things - just look at Manchester United's League Cup win in 2006.

Pochettino's side still have a lot to play for in the league this season, with qualification for the Champions League far from a formality, but if his side are to really evolve into a group of winners, the FA Cup should be his priority.

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