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Tottenham: Youngster to face Liverpool; Pochettino on Janssen; defender signs new deal

Tottenham: Youngster to face Liverpool; Pochettino on Janssen; defender signs new deal

Mauricio Pochettino lavished praise on Tottenham’s youngster’s after they thumped Gillingham 5-0 last night to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anton Walkes, Marcus Edwards and Georges-Kévin Nkoudou all made their first appearances for Spurs, with new signing Vincent Janssen also getting of their mark with a penalty. The night could not have gone any better for Spurs, and a comfortable home game was a fantastic environment for their talented crop of youngsters to express themselves and they could now be handed a chance to play at Anfield in the next round. Speaking after the game Pochettino said:

“It will be a great experience for them. It’s true that Liverpool are not involved in Europe so maybe they will take the game in a different way to us. But for us we are in a different process. The young players have the quality to impress and are very important for Tottenham for our identity.”


Jurgen Klopp showed last season that he takes cup competitions very seriously, and should he field a strong side Tottenham could be in for a tough night. Nevertheless, players only improve by learning from mistakes and difficult experiences and they will certainly get a test by drawing Liverpool away. Pochettino was also keen to praise Janssen, who is set for an extended run in the team following Harry Kane’s ankle injury:

“He is going to be our main striker for the next few games. I said before the game that whoever has the most confidence can try to shoot [the penalty]. I think it was important for him to feel the love from the supporters.”

Some Spurs fans might be anxious about how the Dutchman will fare, but this is the very scenario for which he was bought. Clubs invest in the squad to give them options if their first choices are unavailable or need a rest and supporters need to be comfortable with that. For the clubs in Europe rotation is must especially when there is a squad of 25 internationals. Spurs have been forced into using their squad on this occasion, but it is something Pochettino may have to do again as the campaign progresses.


Finally, Danny Rose has become the latest Spurs player to sign a new deal with the club. Fellow Englishman Eric Dier and Dele Alli have agreed contract extensions in recent weeks, and Rose has agreed a deal that will run until 2021. Rose was a much derided defender in his early days at Spurs, but has established himself as Pochettino’s first choice left back and a full England international. With budgets likely to be restricted during the stadium move, it is telling that Spurs are tying down their key assets.

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