Tottenham Hotspur have built a solid base under manager Mauricio Pochettino, and all without access to the funds their top six rivals have.
Since arriving in North London five years ago, Pochettino has instead invested time and effort into young English talents to progress.
By developing the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, and even Harry Kane into better players, Poch has built the foundations of regular Champions League football.
As well as helping these stars reach the next levels of their careers, Poch has also given chances to academy prospects this season such as Oliver Skipp, Luke Amos, and Kazaiah Sterling.
Journalist Duncan Castles now believes that Ed Woodward of Manchester United is copying his mate Daniel Levy in investing in young English talent.
He claims that Man United are interested in signing Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan Bissaka but questions whether he is the right fit for Old Trafford.
Could Spurs be better suitors?
Castles said: “When you have that policy of ‘let’s try and sign up good young English players’ – which is something that I think comes from one of his friends in football, Daniel Levy, and one of the reasons why Woodward is following that approach – then Wan-Bissaka’s obviously going to be a target.
“The interesting thing with Manchester United is they already have a very talented and highly-rated young attacking right-back on their books, having signed Diogo Jalot last summer. And I think if they add Wan-Bissaka while also having given Ashley Young a new contract and Ashley Young’s position being right-back now, you’d have to ask what their plans are for Dalot.
“Because you then have three players fighting for one position, unless your thinking is ‘we convert Dalot into being a wide midfielder’ and use him in that right-wing position that’s been a long-standing problem for United, and make Wan-Bissaka the long-term solution at right-back.
“I do see Wan-Bissaka moving and Manchester United, yes, correct, are interested. But is that the right player for Manchester United to be focusing some of the transfer revenue on this summer? I’m not entirely sure about that.”
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