At Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino is blessed with a host of quality options in the middle of the park.
In Mousa Dembele, the Argentinian coach has a player who is able to make bursting runs through midfield, while Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama offer the back four solid protection.
And, with Harry Winks approaching full fitness, Pochettino will also have a midfielder who is very good at distributing the ball to call upon.
That being said, Dembele has yet to sign a new contract with his current one set to expire next summer, while Wanyama is continuing to pick up a series of injuries.
With that in mind, Pochettino could both now and in the future turn to one of Tottenham’s rising stars, Luke Amos.
£90k-rated (via Transfermarkt) Amos was named in Tottenham’s 25-man squad for the club’s pre-season in the United States where he impressed in games against Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan.
And, alongside the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyle Walker-Peters, Pochettino has had nothing but good words to say about Amos.
Speaking at the conclusion of Tottenham’s trip to the States, Pochettino said (via ESPN): “Football is about energy, about desire, about respect for yourself and your teammates, being professional. Of course, Luke Amos is a good example. He played three games of 90 minutes.
“He’s not so young — 21 — but maybe he doesn’t have Premier League experience. But his performances in the three games showed it’s not a problem to put him in to play.
“Maybe he’s going to play ahead of some senior players. I’m more than brave and if I believe in some players I go with all the consequences.”
Given the injuries Tottenham have been picking up in central midfield, it would not be a surprise to see Pochettino follow through with his words, and Amos certainly has the ability to ensure his manager does not regret putting so much faith in him.
At the base of midfield, Amos is quick to make interceptions and cut out opposition attacks and despite being young, he is confident enough to demand the ball during the opposing team’s high press before recycling possession.
The 21-year-old has some bulking up to do, though, if he is to establish himself in that deep-lying midfield role but, other than that and under a coach like Pochettino, Amos is well on his way to doing so. Indeed, with the problems England have suffered in that position of late, he could have a very big future indeed.
With Tottenham’s unwillingness to use the transfer market in the same manner that the rest of their Premier League rivals do, the club will have to continue to lean heavily on its youth system.
But, with players such as Amos coming through, that may not necessarily be a bad thing.
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