This week, Mauricio Pochettino has stated that he intends to leave a lasting legacy at White Hart Lane by placing a greater emphasis on youth development as well as transfer decisions. The Argentine went on to further say that every action at the club’s North London base is made with the future in mind. And the future holds something special for Spurs and, according to Pochettino, trophies.
Help for the Three Lions
Pochettino has great belief in young, English players and it is this philosophy which he implemented first at Southampton and now at Tottenham. Harry Kane has flourished under Pochettino and with Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll becoming first team regulars, English football has a lot to say thank you for. Furthermore, Dele Alli’s almost natural transition from League One football to the Premier League’s faster pace must have been positively influenced by the Spurs manager. Harry Winks and Josh Onomah also look like bright, English prospects and ones for the future, Winks being just 19 and Onomah only 18.
A Careful Transfer Strategy
Pochettino has hinted that he is most probably not prepared to sign a striker this transfer window, considering the impact it may have on his current squad. The Spurs manager continues to hold the belief that Harry Kane is enough, and with Clinton N’Jie also in the squad, and Son performing exceptionally, Spurs have several options up front. Nacer Chadli can play in the striker role and managed to grab a goal in the FA Cup versus Leicester although we expect that his preferred role is as a winger.
The Argentinian manager is extremely careful in his transfers and the way in which he handles his squad – only players who have a great work-rate and have ‘pride in the badge’ will remain with the club – Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend have both experienced what it feels to be rejected by the manager. Commitment and discipline are the two important factors for the Argentine and it is from these that he has managed to create such a strong squad with great personality and desire.
I am about 90% certain that come the 2nd February, Spurs will have no new additions to the squad following the January transfer window.
Thoughts on Crystal Palace (23/01/16 – KO 3.00pm, BBC Radio)
Crystal Palace have evidently been lacking a cutting edge up front due to the loss of Yannick Bolasie and are struggling to get goals, having not scored in the league in their last five games. Palace will go into the game lacking in confidence having lost their last three games (against Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City) and Spurs will be looking to capitalise this and go within 2 points off the summit of the Premier League.
Spurs will find this game a tricky test but with a rock solid defence and goals freely flowing, the Lilywhites will be looking to be on 42 points come Saturday evening. If the North London club want to be considered as outsiders for the title, this is a must-win game. This Crystal Palace team certainly isn’t the team we saw looking impressive before Christmas and even when they were playing well, we managed to beat them 1-0. However, this is an away fixture and, although Spurs are 10 games unbeaten away from home, this game won’t be easy.
Despite Palace’s talent, I still predict Spurs to come out on top having rested the big guns like Kane and Alli midweek. This is the perfect opportunity for Pochettino’s team to proclaim that they are ruthless and unforgiving, not the nervous, collapsible Spurs of previous seasons. COYS!