Belfast Telegraph

Pochettino devoted to bringing Spurs starlets through

By Staff Reporter

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is determined to continue promoting from within, despite many of his rivals flexing their financial muscles.

Spurs have shelled out £28m for new players so far this summer, with Victor Wanyama joining from Southampton and Vincent Janssen arriving from AZ Alkmaar.

Having finished third in the Premier League last year, Tottenham will be hoping to run another battle for the title - but so far they have been out-spent.

The two Manchester clubs, United and City, have forked out in excess of £300m, while Liverpool - Spurs' opponents today - have also been busy and fierce rivals Arsenal have deals lined up which could take their spending close to £100m.

The likes of Harry Kane, Tom Carroll and Josh Onomah have come through the youth ranks into the first-team set-up in recent years and, while interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha remains high, Pochettino is keen to keep up with his policy of blending new signings with young talent.

"It is very important for us to continue," he said when asked if he wanted young players to come through and keep the club's identity intact.

"As we bring young talent from the academy, you keep your identity. Tottenham is different to other clubs and we need to continue to bring players through from the academy.

"Why not believe that one day they can be in the first team and we will have big success with them? This is our dream. We are all excited for the future here."

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