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Is Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino “one of the best managers in the world”?



Only four years ago, barely any Premier League viewers knew of Mauricio Pochettino. Then, his only claim to fame amongst English football fans came after fouling Michael Owen to concede a decisive penalty whilst playing for Argentina at the 2002 World Cup. When he replaced Nigel Adkins in the Southampton dug-out, there was outrage.

Now, Pochettino is considered one of the best that the league has to offer. Rather than leaving Southampton fans unconvinced, he is one of the world’s most in demand football managers. Part of that has been down to his development of players.

During his time at Southampton, he brought players through and made average players look brilliant, with many earning big moves to Anfield and elsewhere as a result of their good form under the Argentinean.

At Tottenham, that has continued, instead turning the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier into players that can count themselves amongst the most exciting of their generation.

One stat that is testament to Pochettino’s superb record is that 12 of England’s last 30 debutants have been coached by the former Espanyol manager at either the Saints or the Lilywhites.

Harry Winks became the latest, joining Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Ryan Mason, Fraser Forster, Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Adam Lallana and, perhaps most importantly of all, Harry Kane.

“[Tottenham players earning their England debuts] show Mauricio’s one of the best managers in the world, if not the best,” Kane explained to Sky Sports after his 15th goal of the season for club and country to make it five scoring games in a row with a win over Lithuania.

“He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him. We can’t thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit. He helped us get to where we are now, and Harry [Winks] is another player under his management.”

Winks became the sixth name in the current Tottenham squad to be capped by England under Pochettino’s management with his first cap in the narrow World Cup qualifying victory.

“(Mauricio) is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity but he gives us advice when we need it,” Winks agreed.

“I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me. I suppose it’s about me paying it back, and fortunately, it went well tonight.”

That leaves Kyle Walker-Peters as the only uncapped English player in Tottenham’s first team squad, though he has made his England under 21 debut this season under Aidy Boothroyd and a senior debut could be just a matter of time.

Keeping such a high profile squad of players happy on wages which could likely be dwarfed by some of their competitors is an equally remarkable achievement.

Their decision to stay at Wembley under Pochettino’s tutelage may well have roots in his terrific record of bringing players through. Whilst young players elsewhere struggle to nail down a regular starting spot, such as Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at Manchester United, or even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool and recently Arsenal, Pochettino offers his players a key role.

With the spine of his side built around homegrown domestic talent, he is not only keeping Daniel Levy happy with a bargain squad, but is building for the future. Alongside the experience of the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele, Pochettino has built a finely tuned squad.

His, and Tottenham’s, success is not only good news for Spurs fans, but for English fans as a whole. As Kyle Walker-Peters, Marcus Edwards and co. come through the ranks, Spurs’ squad is well stocked with talent for the years ahead.

West Ham fans may claim that they were they key to England’s 1966 World Cup victory, and whilst that may still be some way off for the Three Lions in 2018, any potential success that Gareth Southgate can achieve will give him plenty of reasons to be thanking Mauricio Pochettino.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.


Celtic’s Kieran Tierney could replace Danny Rose at Tottenham, despite large fee

Celtic have slapped a £30 million price tag on the 20-year-old.

Josh Kerr



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Kieran Tierney is another emerging star from the Scottish Premier League and his current club Celtic are already preparing for the top English clubs to come swooping this summer.

According to Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers’ side have committed to a £30 million asking price to deflect the advances of the likes of Tottenham, who are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old.

Despite the large fee, Spurs should not be put off making an approach. The young Scotsman would be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose whose departure from North London looks inevitable this summer.

The Lilywhites have reportedly been watching Tierney throughout the season, with his performances for the Hoops impressing.

His displays in the Champions League, despite encountering a challenging group, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, will have impressed Mauricio Pochettino and it this level of talent that could see Spurs swoop for the left-back.

The departure of Danny Rose appears imminent, with the Englishman likely to leave after an 11-year spell with the Lilywhites and his exit will leave Spurs need to ensure they are able to sign a top quality replacement and the Celtic academy prospect could just do that.

At just 20, he is already thriving in his home country winning title after title, and already looks ready for a big-money move to fulfil his outstanding potential. In a Spurs side that relies on the attacking quality of its full-backs, Tierney would fit right in.

However, the player is under contract until 2023 after signing a new six-year deal last season, meaning the Scottish champions are in no rush to sell.

Having said this, an offer from the Premier League and a side capable of reaching the latter stages in Europe would prove difficult to turn down. If Spurs are able to meet Celtic’s asking price, it will be interesting to see if the Hoops would be willing to turn down such a significant fee.

The sale of Rose will most likely be enough to fund Tierney’s move and many Spurs fans will be eager to see their side launch a raid for Celtic’s most promising young talent.

Spurs will not want to break the bank for a Rose replacement. However, if the Lilywhites are to continue progressing under Pochettino then they need to ensure the board match the ambition of the fans by ensuring maximum strength in every position of the pitch.

Tierney has already established himself as one of Britain’s top full-backs and a move to the Premier League could take the Scotland international to the next level in his development.

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After Champions League heartbreak, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic should make Tottenham switch

The Serbian could prove the perfect long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele.

Max Cohen



Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
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Lazio’s dream of qualifying for next season’s Champions League was ended in the cruelest of circumstances on Sunday, after two late goals from Inter Milan pushed the capital club into fifth position.

For standout central midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the lack of top-level European football must have come as a blow, and the 23-year-old should move to Tottenham Hotspur to seek the high-quality competition he deserves.

The Serbian international could prove to be the ideal long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele in north London, as he shares the Belgian’s combination of physical strength and deft skills.

Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a superb campaign for the Italian club, playing 47 times and chipping in with 14 goals and nine assists.

These are laudable attacking numbers for a midfielder who operates in the engine room of the pitch, and his attacking contributions led Lazio to within inches of their first Champions League berth in over a decade.

The Serbian international is also a key defensive presence on the pitch. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, the midfielder is a strong header of the ball and has the strength to outmuscle opposition attackers with ease.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are targeting Milinkovic-Savic and the player is set to make a decision on his future over the weekend.

Although he has been linked with the Manchester club, Milinkovic-Savic would do well to move to north London and play under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs are in vital need of central midfield reinforcements this summer, as the futures of Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, and Dembele are all unclear.

Dembele has been an excellent performer for Spurs under Pochettino, and should undoubtedly be offered a new deal this offseason.

However, the Belgian turns 31 this summer and Tottenham must seek a quality, long-term replacement for the midfielder.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would be a fantastic addition to the Spurs squad and an ideal successor to Dembele in the centre of the park; the prospect of Champions League football should lure him to White Hart Lane this season.

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£65k-a-week wages make Anthony Martial perfect Tottenham Hotspur signing

The Frenchman is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Mathew Coull



Tottenham Hotspur are once again looking to bring in a suitable back-up option to their star striker Harry Kane this summer. Their previous two attempts, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to live up to the bill and both are set to leave the club this summer. Now the plan has changed and they are said to be after a more versatile forward, rather than an out-and-out striker. The player they have seemingly identified is Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Spurs are keen on signing the Frenchman from their Premier League rivals this summer. He has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and subsequently missed out on a place in France’s World Cup squad for this summer.

Tottenham feel they can offer Martial a chance for more regular football, either as a left-winger or a striker. The attacker, who cost Manchester United an initial fee reported to be in the region of £38.5 million by Sky Sports, will not be cheap.

However, the Evening Standard report does highlight one factor which will leave Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy very happy with any potential deal. They claim that Martial is currently on £65,000-a-week at Old Trafford.

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Tottenham have gained a reputation in recent years for trying to be frugal with their money, especially when it comes to their wage bill. It has seen their talented first-team squad often linked with moves away for more fruitful pay-packets.

Martial’s wages fall neatly into the club’s current wage structure. At £65,000-a-week there will be little stopping Tottenham from bringing Martial to North London this summer. If they can agree on a fee with United, where it seems Martial’s time is up, Tottenham might finally have found their solution to the striker back-up issue at the club.

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