Why Mauricio Pochettino included eight new players to Tottenham’s training

Mauricio Pochettino included eight 16-year-olds during Tottenham’s training session on Wednesday.

The Argentine handed them a “fantastic experience” which he hopes will enhance their development.

Pochettino has insisted that he will try to hand English players more opportunities as he attempts to bring even further success to North London.

Pochettino’s project

Since his arrival back in the summer of 2014, Mauricio Pochettino earnt many plaudits for utilising the club’s youngsters.

The likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, all Spurs academy products, have at some stage impressed under the Argentine.

Most impressively though, since arriving in England 15 of the last 28 England debutants were playing under Pochettino at the time.

His track record for developing young English talent has been sensational.

English youngsters

But, it does not end here, insists Mauricio Pochettino.

The Tottenham boss is hopeful of handing yet more opportunities to English youngsters at the club. He has vowed to.

Last Wedsnday, he included eight players from the academy, all aged 16, to the club’s first-team training session.

Pochettino said:

“There were eight 16-year-olds training with the first-team on Wednesday.

When we first arrived at the club, if 17 or 18-year-olds were training with the first-team it was crazy.

Now eight 16-year-olds training with the first team, that is fantastic. They are not close to first team but it is a fantastic experience for them.

Mauricio Pochettino went on to comment on his excitement for the players coming through the academy ranks.

He stated claims that he hopes to build the club around these players forming an ‘identity’.

Pochettino said:

We have the talent, we need time to be focused and help them achieve level we want.

When you see academy we have a lot of talent, we need time and patience to help them achieve.

We believe in English talent. The Under-17/19/21 make me believe even more in English talent and everyone realises ‘oh we have good talent in our boys’.

Of course we can build a very good core of English players with our identity, with players coming through our academy.”