Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side come from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Serie A champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter on Tuesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash in Turin off the back of beating North London rivals Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in their preceding Premier League game, a result which extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches. Yet they were made to work extremely hard for number 13 on Tuesday as a Gonzalo Higuain brace gave Juve a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, only for goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to salvage a deserved draw for Spurs, thus making them favourites for progression when the two teams meet at the national stadium in three weeks’ time.
Thus, there have been many happy Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their side could go on to achieve this season, given their team’s participation in the FA Cup and of course the Champions League.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that their side are eyeing up a summer move for reported long-term target Steven Bergwijn.
But with Everton also thought to be interested, the North London outfit could face a fight for the 20-year-old’s signature, yet they do have one particular factor which could prove decisive in determining the Dutch youngster’s next move – Pochettino.
The former Southampton boss has made a habit of giving young players an opportunity in his teams in recent seasons, and he has and continues to reap the rewards from such faith with the likes of Kane and Dele Alli playing a key part in Tottenham’s success in recent times.
But it’s not just those two have been given an opportunity to perform by the Argentine. Eric Dier has been a mainstay in the Spurs and England midfield under the ex-Espanyol chief, while more recently Harry Winks has been handed first team starts to prove his credentials, credentials which could result in a World Cup place in the summer.
And this willingness to give young players a platform from which to perform must be of interest to many starlets around the continent, as Pochettino will back them and provide them with opportunities to go out and perform for one of English football’s most exciting teams.
More importantly, the former centre-back seems willing to stick by his decisions. Erik Lamela made a testing start to life at Spurs as a 21-year-old back in 2013, but has certainly come of age in the last few years.
Moussa Sissoko also struggled last season and looked for all the world that he’d be off in the summer, only to remain in the squad and play a part in their run to fifth place in the table this term. And while the Frenchman is older than the aforementioned stars, the point still stands that the Tottenham boss will not only give opportunities to his players, but also back them to perform.
And for 20-year-old Bergwijn, who has been in sensational form for PSV Eindhoven this season, he may see Spurs as the more desirable destination from which to pursue his career, and indeed fulfil his undoubted potential.
Thus, the Pochettino factor could well play a huge part in helping Tottenham land the £4.5 million-rated winger (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
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