Tottenham round-up: Pochettino on Foyth debut; ex-manager claims Kane ‘will leave’; Allen fearful for silverware challenge
Whilst the score-line from last night’s 1-0 victory over Championship side Barnsley in the Carabao Cup wasn’t the goal-fest many might have expected, boss Mauricio Pochettino has praised his side.
Leading the accolades has been Argentinian summer signing Juan Foyth, the £8 million arrival from Argentina Superliga side Estudiantes, who made his first-team debut during Tuesday’s clash.
The 19-year-old barely put a foot wrong in his first start in Tottenham colours, and whilst he had little defensive work to do all match as Spurs dominated possession he still came across composed.
Talking to the Evening Standard about his compatriot, Pochettino said: “It is difficult because he plays his first game with not too much time to know the way that we play or to work with the team, the whole team I think he was calm and relaxed in the game.
“I am happy because obviously it is difficult, he came from Argentina to play in England it is not easy and then his debut is at Wembley, that is more pressure on the debut.”
In other news, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has claimed that star-striker Harry Kane will leave the north London side during next summer if they fail to win a major trophy this season.
The 23-year-old has become one of the world’s most prolific strikers in recent years, scoring 20+ goals for three consecutive seasons and winning back-to-back Golden Boot trophies in 2016 and 2017.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Sherwood – who managed Spurs between 2013 and 2014 – said: “There’s only so much loyalty someone can show.
“Tottenham have been a great club for Harry and he’s been paying them back tenfold. He’s been outstanding over the last couple of seasons, the kid loves the club.
“But that only lasts a certain amount of time. Then he starts seeing the pound signs and sees the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or, dare I say it, Manchester United, and then your head gets turned.”
Sherwood – who joined White Hart Lane as the assistant first team coach – took over from Andre Villas-Boas when he was sacked, signing an 18-month contract and leading Spurs to sixth-place in 2014-15.
Finally, from one man formerly affiliated with Tottenham to another as ex-Spurs striker Clive Allen has expressed fears that Pochettino’s side won’t be able to complete for the major titles this season.
Allen, who scored 60 goals in 105 appearances for the Lilywhites, admitted to talkSPORT on Wednesday morning that Tottenham’s strength in depth might not be enough to sustain a challenge later in the year.
He said: “It was very disappointing [against Barnsley]. He understandably changed the side up and gave young players an opportunity, which was positive, but it was a disappointing performance.
“Although there are a number of talented youngsters coming through, perhaps he has not got the strength in depth or quality in depth that is going to be necessary to be really competitive in the Champions League and the Premier League throughout the season.”
Tottenham currently sit in fifth-place in the Premier League with two victories, two draws and a defeat from their opening five matches, five points adrift of both Manchester sides at the top of the table.
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