The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are enjoying yet another fine start to the season for their club.
It appears that the entire mentality at Tottenham Hotspur has undergone a complete transformation during Mauricio Pochettino’s three-year stint at the club. The North London outfit have always flirted with the higher reaches of the Premier League table, however, Pochettino has installed a winning ethos into the club that breeds results and excites fans of the club and neutrals alike.
One of the pillars of Pochettino’s success so far has been his ability to prize the true potential out of a number of young English talents at the club. Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and now Harry Winks have all emerged from Tottenham’s youth set-ups and capably stepped into the first team with confidence and composure.
Pochettino is clearly a brilliant man-manager, but he is no miracle worker. Plenty of credit is due to the players themselves and, of course, to the work of various coaches and managers at youth level who have enabled the aforementioned players to reach their true potential. They are the unsung heroes of the Tottenham success story in recent years.
However, according to The Daily Mirror, Pochettino is turning his attentions away from internal promotions for now, and wishes to pursue his interest in bringing Ross Barkley to Tottenham, despite competition for his signature from London-rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea.
Speculation concerning Barkley’s future persists in the British media throughout every transfer window – however, there is little evidence to suggest the 23 year-old is ready for the step-up to Champions League football just yet.
Barkley undoubtedly has the ability to become a regular at one of Europe’s top clubs and rack up plenty of goals and assists in the process, but he must surely remain at Everton until he can demonstrate that he possesses the mentality and consistency of performance that is required to succeed at the highest level of the game.
Once Barkley completes his recovery from a serious hamstring injury, he needs to reach a level of performance that he has struggled to reach consistently in the early phase of his career, and that will only arrive through strict dedication to his development both on and off the training ground.
If Barkley leaves his boyhood club for a top four side before he is ready for the challenge, then the £22.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) could be destined for a career of mediocrity and disappointment.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!