It was supposed to be a memorable night for Tottenham in the League Cup yesterday as Pochettino ushered in two of the potential faces of the future for the Lilywhites.
After impressing in pre-season, both Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga were handed their debut starts for the North London club.
However, Colchester had no intention to go along with the fairytale script, as they held Spurs to a 0-0 draw before knocking them out on penalties.
Parrott and Tanganga will now always remember their debuts for the wrong reasons and Pochettino has implied that progress at Tottenham may take a while for the duo.
The Argentine claimed that it may take a year or two of playing these types of cup games for Tanganga, Parrott, and even Skipp to progress through the squad.
He compares their situation to that of Kane, Dier, and Ryan Mason back when he first took over at the club.
On Parrott, Poch said (Football London): “He needs time, he is so young. For sure he is going to be a very important player for Tottenham in the future but maybe it needs one or two years of being involved and playing in this type of game, like Japhet, like Oliver Skipp. Young players need the space in the squad like it was five years ago with Eric Dier, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane.
“We need to create this belief and space again for the younger players to find their natural space in the squad. We are still trying to fix this. We need time with the young players, we need time with the new signings like Ryan Sessegnon, like Tanguy Ndombele, it will make us stronger.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I was dreaming that Parrott and Tanganga would both have blinders against Colchester and really push their way into the first-team set-up, much like Abraham and Tomori at Chelsea. It was not to be.
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