Poch not afraid to blood youth ahead of Newcastle opener

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he would have no hesitation in playing Luke Amos in the Premier League opener against Newcastle United.

The 21-year-old has taken his chance to shine with both hands during Tottenham’s tour of the USA in which he started all three matches against AS Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan.

With our midfield ranks currently suffering from a mini injury crisis with Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah all expected to miss the trip to St James’ Park, with doubts over the fitness of Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier are not due to return to pre-season training until Monday, just five days before the curtain raiser.

While many fans remain frustrated that Tottenham are yet to spend during the transfer window, could some of our problems be answered by the crop of young talent we have in the ranks?

He said: “I’m my fifth year, you think I’m going to be scared to play him?

“Young players maybe still don’t have the experience in high competition, but the compensation is desire and energy. Players like Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, when they were young, showed desire and energy like the young players on the tour.

“If we believe in a young player, I don’t care about experience or not.

“Football is about energy, about desire, about respect for yourself and your teammates, being professional.

“Of course, Luke is a good example. He played three games of 90 minutes. At 21, maybe he’s not so young and maybe he doesn’t have Premier League experience.

“But his performances in the three tour games showed it’s not a problem to put him in to play. Maybe he’s going to play ahead of some senior players.

“I’m more than brave and if I believe in some players I go with all the consequences.”

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