Pochettino lauds work of club’s academy after ending tour with win
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The Spurs manager congratulated the coaches and staff involved at Hotspur Way after the 1-0 victory over AC Milan
Mauricio Pochettino lavished praise on Tottenham Hotspur’s academy after a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup.
Spurs ended their tour of the United States with a solid victory over the Serie A giants in Minneapolis at the US Bank Stadium.
Due to injuries as well as the club’s success with players at the World Cup, a number of the starting XI were from the academy.
21-year-olds Kyle Walker-Peters and Anthony Georgiou were part of a back four which also included teenager TJ Eyoma.
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Meanwhile in midfield was a trio of Luke Amos, 21, Oliver Skipp and George Marsh and they all impressed against Milan.
Amos and Skipp featured regularly during the tour and Pochettino was quick to praise the work of Tottenham’s coaches.
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The Argentinean has always had a strong relationship with Head of Coaching and Player Development John McDermott and his latest comments could suggest more members of the under-23s could play for the senior side this season.
Pochettino told the official club website: “I want to congratulate all the academy coaches and staff, and of course John and Dean (Rastrick, Academy Manager).
“They need to feel very proud about the youngsters. They behaved really well and also performed fantastic.
“I think they showed a bright future in our academy and they showed the job they are doing in the last 10, 12, 15 years, the coaches in the academy, is great.
“So, I want to congratulate them because the youngsters not only showed a great performance on the pitch, but we feel very proud of how they behaved outside of the pitch too. It’s good to feel proud. They feel the club and now they need to keep working.”
The final line of Pochettino’s quotes seems poignant with this hopefully the start of the journey for some of the club’s youngsters, not the high point.
Skipp’s reputation has been enhanced over the past week and Tottenham will want to see him continue to develop this season.
Meanwhile given the injury crisis in the centre of midfield, Amos may find himself in the squad for the Premier League opener against Newcastle United on August 11.