Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can take over West Ham’s mantle as the ‘academy of football’ and insists there are more young gems to come from the Spurs youth system.
Tottenham’s resurgence under Pochettino this season has been spearheaded by home-grown talents like Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, as well as players brought to the club at a young age including Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen.
Spurs host West Ham in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and Pochettino’s current crop carries echoes of the Hammers squad that once brought through the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.
“We hear in the past that West Ham had a lot of players in the academy who played in the first team – why can’t we be like that?” Pochettino said.
“Our philosophy is to give young talent a chance if they deserve it.
“Why is not possible for us to have a lot players in the team from the academy?”