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Mauricio Pochettino: Would rather promote academy kids than sign big names

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Tottenham Hotspur will continue to give academy products a chance in the first team, and that could come at the expense of action on the transfer market. Mauricio Pochettino made his stance on the subject clear in an interview with the Standard, saying that he wants to develop young talent like he did at Southampton.

"Always, always," said Pochettino, when asked if he preferred to bring up kids. "This is my philosophy, my idea. If we have in the talent in the academy, we need to give the opportunity. Why find players outside the club?

"We won't give opportunities to those we don't believe have the potential to play in the first team, but if they do, I prefer to give them the chance. For me, there are many players here who have that potential. We just need time and patience."

We have already seen Pochettino's philosophy at work. Harry Kane has become the team's best player, while Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are the first choice central midfield pairing and Danny Rose looks to be Pochettino's top option at left back. Meanwhile 17-year-old Josh Onomah got a look in the FA Cup replay against Burnley and Harry Winks has been with the first team as well.

It would be foolish to say that Spurs aren't going to be active buying players. They'll still go get the players they want, but it's unlikely that they will bring in a ton of players in any one transfer window or look elsewhere to build depth. Pochettino wants to prioritize the academy, and that means the kids are going to get chances, while the transfer policy will be more about bringing in specific players than looking to buy players in bulk.