Opinion: Has Pochettino given up on the Tottenham academy?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been known in recent years for bringing through top young talent through their academy, many of whom go on to play for their international sides.

The crop of Harry Kane, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Jake Livermore, and co was a highlight for the academy system in Tottenham, but is it now wavering?

The last meaningful player to come through and take a regular spot in the starting XI was Harry Winks, but the midfield man is now 23-years-old.

Traditionally, young players have been brought through to replace older stars or to push people when they have been out of form.

Harry Kane took a misfiring Roberto Soldado out of the team and Winks has displaced the likes of Wanyama in the pecking order.

So, with Spurs struggling so much this season, why has Pochettino not introduced some new and hungry players.

For me, the top three youngsters at the club at the moment are Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga, and Troy Parrott.

Parrott has played just one EFL Cup game for Tottenham this season, lasting 66 minutes, He has not appeared on the bench in the Premier League or Champions League. This is the exact same for Tanganga, who played 66 minutes in the same match.

Oliver Skipp, the most experience academy starlet at the club, has played just two minutes of Premier League action, been an unused sub four times, and played 78 minutes in the EFL Cup.

Has Poch given up on using the youngsters this season? To me, it looks that way. However, I do not quite understand, as it seems like the perfect time to give them the chance to impress when many senior players are lacking effort and passion.

What do you think? Should the academy players be getting more of a shot?

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  1. Any sound and wise manager would always use the up-and-comers as a “Threat” in friendly rivalry to established players. If Poch doesn’t intend doing that this season (for all his hyped reputation in nurturing young players) then let him stand aside.

  2. I think he should start using tangana as cb saw him play against inter in the friendly and he looked good. Not sure about Skipp seems to run about a bit and pass sideways . They should drop the players who don’t want to be there maybe painful but at least you know the youngsters will try there hardest . Think Ericksen shouldn’t go near the team


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