Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season following the news that manager Mauricio Pochettino and striker Harry Kane have signed long-term deals with the club.
46-year-old Pochettino took over as Spurs chief back in 2014 and has since led the club to three successive top four finishes in the Premier League, thus transforming them into one of the best teams in the country. And England international Kane has without doubt become one of the best strikers in world football in netting a stunning 140 goals in 213 appearances for the North London outfit, with his tally of 41 this term his highest season return.
As such, there are many delighted and indeed optimistic Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports linking Chelsea with a move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, who has also attracted the interest of Spurs this summer.
Yet the £4.5 million-rated attacking sensation (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about a move to Stamford Bridge, as Pochettino’s Tottenham is the perfect destination for the 22-year-old to reach his full potential.
Ultimately, a lot has been made of the youth policy at Chelsea and the sheer volume of young players that have gone out on loan over the years, with very few actually breaking into the first team – 33 players went out on loan last summer alone.
Talented stars like Kenedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Charly Musonda have all failed to break into the first team at the West London club, which must be of concern to Grealish that the same could very much happen to him.
Yes, Chelsea are reportedly willing to loan him back to Villa were they to seal a deal, which would at least mean that the Englishman is playing regular football, but the Blues’ recent history of giving young players a chance, or not, will surely ring the alarm bells for Grealish.
Whereas the opposite appears to be true at Tottenham, what with Pochettino’s team made up of many young players who have been given the opportunity and subsequently backed by the Argentine.
The likes of Kane, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier have been thrust into the Spurs first team and are now regulars for both club and country, which is testament to the trust placed in them by the manager, and indeed his own belief that they can deliver the goods for his side.
Add in the rise of Harry Winks late last year, and Tottenham appears to be a very desirable destination for young, English players to go on and fulfil their potential – Grealish could seriously reap the rewards of such move.
Whereas it’s difficult to see the 22-year-old breaking into Chelsea’s first team at present, Pochettino would likely give him a chance in the Spurs starting eleven to see if he can challenge the likes of Alli and Christian Eriksen in those attacking positions. And who’s to say that he can’t compete with those players.
Ultimately, while Chelsea doesn’t appear desirable for any young player given their recent history of loaning out many of their starlets, the opposite is true of Tottenham under Pochettino, which is why Grealish must forget about the Blues and instead seek a move to North London this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!