Date: 19th July 2019 at 6:35am
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Mauricio Pochettino is often praised, and rightly so, for his dealings with young footballers.

The Argentine has massively improved the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Winks and plenty of others, yet he doesn’t have a 100% success rate with the youngsters he’s worked with.

Two young Spurs academy players are set for exits this summer, despite both having plenty of promise, and one of the two, Josh Onomah, is said to be ‘stunned’ at Pochettino’s decision to demote him to the club’s under-23s as he now looks set for a summer exit to Germany (The Sun).

Onomah, obviously, is the first of the two youngsters to be leaving this summer, and the second is one who Pochettino once compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. In summer 2016, with a 17-year-old Marcus Edwards making waves during Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Australia, Pochettino made the bold comparison (Sky Sports) and now Edwards is close to signing for Brentford (Football.London).

Whilst Onomah looks set for a move to Germany and Edwards to Brentford awaiting confirmation, it plays as a stark reminder that the Lilywhites’ inspirational and often incredible manager doesn’t always get things right.

There have been plenty of home-grown talents to benefit from the coaching and tuition that the Argentine has offered in his five seasons as the Tottenham boss, but equally not everyone has kicked on and starred in the way that their talent says they should have.

Between Onomah and Edwards, loan spells at Norwich City, Excelsior, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday haven’t been enough for to convince Pochettino of their credentials to play in his senior side and now the pair will leave the club as failed experiments from Tottenham’s youth machine.

They’re not the first to be set to make a quiet exit either, following in the footsteps of Alex Pritchard, DeAndre Yedin and Clinton N’Jie who were either signed or brought through at Spurs by Pochettino before being dumped later on after failing to develop under his management.

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7 Replies to “Opinion: Departing Tottenham duo prove that Pochettino may not be a genius”

  • Will be interesting to see what we do with CCV. I can’t see him making the grade either. He is 22 this year so he will want first team football. Championship looks his level.

  • When we go to University and get a 1st Class honorary degree, it doesn’t mean we got 100 % in everything or that we answered all questions wrong. Failing some questions does not raise a question over our education brilliance.

  • Some players simply aren’t capable of performing at the top level, nothing to do with coaching, all about attitude, confidence, exaggerated belief in their abilities, not being up to the physical challenges etc.,

    Sometimes a player can overcome these at some point in their career, some players find being let go by clubs brings about a change in attitude and determination and they start to rebuild their career, most simply drop down the leagues and find their level of change career.

    The saddest are the players with clear talent but poor attitudes be it no desire to train hard, not being a team player etc

    Then there are a few players that are let go simply bcause of personality clashes, coaches with a squad of 20 odd players have to focus on the squad as a whole and if they are the type that expects players to really train hard be it physical of skill development are not going to have the time or desire to persevere with players not showing the same desire as others or who constantly questions the coaching methods

    So you have to really assess a coach by his successes not his failures, obviously some coaches are not good but good coaches build a team that is prepared to follow the coaches demands rather than try and make every player better because with some players it’s a waste of time, so knowing when to cut losses and let those players go is as important as improving the players that stay

  • Poch has no control on players coming and going !
    Levy seems to have too much control and seems to have his own idea of who spurs want or need
    He needs to give Poch the reigns regarding who Spurs want and want to get rid of
    Levy also needs to stop messing around when negotiating fees for players
    If the reports are correct we fail to get players who want to come to spurs because Levy is too hard to negotiate with!
    Poch needs to exert more pressure on Levy and the board !

  • I don’t think and ever will think of any football manager as being a genius. It’s just football! No genius is really required.

    And, even though we have a coach named Jesus, I don’t expect miracles either. Some players will make it to the top of their game, others will not. Some will improve, others will take a step back…

  • The idea that any manager is going to turn every young player into a top premier league footballer is ludicrous. If you get one a year coming through you are doing well. This is especially true now we are a top side. Its actually tougher for a young player to make the team now than when Poch arrived. Its not always about ability, Onomah had the potential to make it but clearly there is something missing in his make up. Pretty much everyone has questioned Marcus Edward’s attitude. Of course its also wrong to describe someone as a “failure” if they go on to have careers with other premier league sides.

  • Apart from the obvious inevitability that not all players at any club in the game will make it from their given clubs academy into the first team, let alone prove to go on to be considered world class, wherever they end up. (most in fact do not); The 2 players mentioned in this article have been out on loans. (As the article mentioned). So they haven’t even recently been at Spurs for Poch and his team to coach them. Apart from the other fact that although some of our academy/youth players have trained on and off with the first team, whilst they are still playing for the academy teams, it is not Poch and his coaching staff that is directly responsible for their progress anyway. The academy and youth teams of course have their own coaches and managers.

    And, unfortunately for them, not one of those lower level coaches (as with MP), can be seen as a genius either… Or Magician or Wizard….

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