Article written by Jod:
I don’t generally pay much attention to the post match interviews after games. But after the Tranmere game I was interested in both Pochettino and Harry Redknapp’s comments.
Poch was making the point that he didn’t want to stifle the development of the academy players by bringing players in for the sake of it. Harry was saying that you would have to be a really good player to get into this Spurs squad, the kind of player teams wouldn’t want to sell and would cost a lot of money.
Against Tranmere you saw Skipp, at 18 years old, playing well for the whole match in the Dier role, with a sublime pass to set up Llorente’s hat trick. A couple of other young players had made cameo appearances by the end of the game.
Once people complained about Levy not signing players like Berahino. Then, realising how stupid that made them look, they started complaining about Levy not signing men with no names. The reality is that for us to sign anyone he needs to be a really good player. The kind of player that is likely to cost more than we can afford. So we get around the problem by developing players, either through the academy or brought in young.
I can’t really see that changing.
The positive is judging by his comments it’s the way Poch wants to manage. So maybe United isn’t as attractive as their fans like to think.