Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio
Pochettino heaped praise on the club's youngsters after promising performances in
their pre-season friendlies.
Spurs beat Roma 4-1, drew 2-2 with
Barcelona and edged out Milan 1-0 in their three International Champions Cup
fixtures. The north Londoners will face Girona in their final pre-season outing
Pochettino gave a number of fringe players
opportunities in those games and was impressed by what he saw from the likes of
youngsters Luke Amos, George Marsh and Oliver Skipp.
"I'm happy for many young players who
stepped up and behaved very well on and off the pitch," he told the press
after beating the Rossoneri in Minneapolis.
"The quality of time that we spent
together, training and competing with big sides like Roma, Barcelona and Milan,
and the way they behaved made us very happy.
"They showed they have the potential
to one day be consistent in the first team. I want to congratulate all the
academy coaches because they've been working for a long time to produce these
players for the first team."
Asked whether he would consider starting
with Amos in Spurs' opening Premier League game against Newcastle, Pochettino
replied: "After four years, in my fifth year, you think I'm going to be
scared to play him?
"Is he ready? That's different. For
the young players that maybe still don't have experience in high competition,
the compensation is about desire and energy.
"Players like Harry Kane and Christian
Eriksen, when they were young, showed desire and energy like the young players
on the tour. After four years, you know that we're people who, if we believe in
a young player, don't care about experience or not.
"Football is about energy, about
desire, about respect for yourself and your team-mates, being professional. Of
course, Luke Amos is a good example. He played three games of 90 minutes."