Since arriving at Tottenham almost three years ago, one of Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest accomplishments is the quantity of young players he has developed into first teamers.
Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were often picked as Spurs’ central midfield partnership in Pochettino’s first season. Both have moved on since, but the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all become regular starters.
Other young players, such as Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah, have played for the first team under Pochettino, while big things are expected of Kyle Walker-Peters and Marcus Edwards.
What do all of those players share? None of them have been sent out on loan. Pochettino prefers to work with his most promising youngsters rather than sending them to play in the lower leagues.
That will probably continue to be the case, but The Evening Standard reports that some youth products who aren’t developing quickly might be sent on loan to Championship side Nottingham Forest next season.
Forest manger Mark Warburton is thought to have a good relationship with John McDermott, Tottenham’s head of coaching and development.
The reports suggests Spurs will send at least one player to Forest this summer. Hopefully Warburton can help to develop the lesser rated youth products so that some of them can give Pochettino something to think about in the future.