Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a convincing 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon at Wembley on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have not won a major trophy since beating Chelsea in the League Cup final of 2008, meaning that they have now gone longer without silverware than North London rivals Arsenal did in their infamous spell between 2005 and 2014. Nonetheless, Spurs have got their quest for a ninth FA Cup crown underway by easing past Neal Ardley’s Dons last weekend, with a brace from Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen’s first goal since 2013 enough to seal a 3-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who will now face League Two outfit Newport County in round four.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in 2018, both domestically and on the European stage.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their side have kept tabs on Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup hero Ben Brereton this season.
The 18-year-old sensation scored and produced an outstanding performance in helping the Reds knock out holders Arsenal on Sunday, and reports recently have suggested that many Premier League teams have been keeping an eye on the Englishman given his excellent displays at the City Ground.
Spurs are one of those sides monitoring Brereton’s progress, as are Crystal Palace, Everton, and Leicester City, but the 18-year-old forward should opt for the North London club if the opportunity were to arise, as Pochettino’s track record with young talent is not to be questioned.
Ultimately, when one takes a look at the current Tottenham side, it is full of young English players who have developed into quality footballers under the Argentine’s guidance, whether it’s Danny Rose at the back, Eric Dier and Harry Winks in the middle, or Dele Alli and Harry Kane further forward – Pochettino can claim to have improved them all.
The former Southampton boss has been willing to give them a chance in the first team and then back them to perform – Kane is arguably the most feared striker in Europe at present, while Dier and Alli, alongside the 24-year-old, look set to play a key role in England’s future in the years to come.
And that development and confidence in youth must be of interest to Brereton.
Not only would he benefit from Pochettino’s coaching, which as evidenced from the aforementioned stars clearly improves players, but he’d benefit from the Argentine’s willingness to offer opportunities to young players.
And were interest to firm up over the coming transfer windows from Premier League clubs, it’s Tottenham, who are becoming a regular feature in Europe and with a new stadium to come, who the Forest star must opt for.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!