Pochettino reveals he is going to promote academy players in Kane’s absence

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been left with just one fit senior striker at the club for the time being, with Fernando Llorente the only forward available to start on Sunday against Fulham.

Harry Kane is out injured until early March after sustaining an ankle injury against Man United, while Heung Min Son is away on international duty with South Korea.

Lucas Moura, who played as a second striker during the early parts of the season, is also nursing an injury of his own.

Spurs must now either make do with Llorente on his own, bring in some new players, or promote youth from the academy, something Pochettino is no stranger to doing.

The Tottenham manager has now revealed that he will hand some academy players the chance to be involved over the next few weeks.

He said these players would be able to train with the first team, and may have the chance to play some games too. Troy Parrott and Kazaiah Sterling are two names that could be involved over the next few games.

Poch said (Football London): “Yes of course. We are going to give the possibility to be involved, and be consistent in the next few weeks, young players coming through the academy and of course it’s going to be a good opportunity for them to be involved and train with the first team and maybe have the possibility to play, depending on the situation and circumstances.

“I think you know very well that Oliver Skipp has been involved in the last few months with the first team, but we are going to give the possibility too to be involved training with the first team to different players.

“I don’t want to talk about the young ones. I made a mistake you know very well a few years ago and I’m not happy with that situation. I think I am a person who I try to learn from my mistakes in trying to put some names in the spotlight and instead to help we put perhaps too much pressure. That is why I’m not going to make the same mistakes, I don’t want to say names, talk about individual young players. Many players are going to be involved in the next few months and maybe until the end because it’s going to be difficult do sign players. The important thing is they need to feel there’s not pressure to show too much, only to enjoy the training session to be involved, to learn and show their team-mates that they can trust in them. Of course if they deserve, the many, many young ones who have been involved with us, sure they are going to have the possibility to play.”

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  1. Great opportunities for some players to take. Well done, Poch, always so constructive and positive where others would just panic and fear the worst. And if some good possible signing appears on the horizon, then such players are bound to be considered.


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