We’re led to believe that one of the reasons Mauricio Pochettino was appointed at Spurs was his ability to bring through fringe players and make them a vital part of the team. Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez have all prospered under the Argentinean and become part of the England set up under his stewardship.
So who in the Tottenham ranks could be transformed into silk purse via the sow’s ear route?
- Harry Kane
None of these players are exactly sow’s ear material but each could benefit under Pochettino next season. For the first time in his Spurs’ career, Harry wasn’t farmed out on loan and after a handful of substitute Premiership appearances, he made a significant contribution in the league cup win against Hull.
It was his three goals in three Premier League starts that got a few of us excited however and it leaves the question as to whether the new coach could turn the player from third choice, to one of the first names on the teamsheet next season.
- Tom Carroll
Tom returns from QPR with his hope that he will become an important part of the first team squad and it’s a hope that many of us share. At Loftus Road, the old criticism of being too lightweight cropped up but perhaps his best qualities will now be suited to Premiership football.
Comparisons with Luka Modric may be unfair but Carroll has the same ability to produce those first time, slide rule passes and Pochettino could be the man to bring the best out of him.
- Alex Pritchard
After a largely successful loan period at Swindon Town, 21 year old Pritchard may well find himself sent away again – possibly to a Premiership club this time. However, there is a feeling that he should at least be given a chance by Spurs in the early Europa League and Capital One Cup ties.
“You look at Alex Pritchard – his last home game for the club – he came here a boy and he’s going to go away a man and I’m sure he’ll go on to bigger and better things.” Those were the words of Swindon boss Mark Cooper before the player made his full Spurs debut against Aston Villa on the final day.
Pritchard is impressive with the dead ball but will he be sent away again or will Pochettino retain him in the squad?
- Nabil Bentaleb
Former coach Tim Sherwood saw something in Nabil Bentaleb and while it was generally agreed that this was a promising player, few of us could understand why he was one of the first names on the team sheet on such a regular basis.
The 19 year old is now away with Algeria on World Cup duty which should be a positive experience. Can the new manager develop the youngster and prove that Sherwood’s views were justified?
- Erik Lamela
The fact that both Lamela and Pochettino are Argentinean doesn’t necessarily mean that the player will be transformed but Erik may now feel more comfortable – assuming he isn’t sold before the start of the season.
Will 2014-15 make us see why we paid so much money for the player or will he remembered as just an expensive flop?