Mauricio Pochettino was named as the new Tottenham manager earlier this week. The 42-year-old Argentine will prove to be a shrewd appointment by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Pochettino guided Southampton to an eighth-place finish last season beating sides like Liverpool, Chelsea and getting good results against Manchester United and Arsenal. The Argentine had a successful time at previous club Espanyol, before Southampton, guiding the Spanish club to a mid table finish two years in a row despite the club being tipped for relegation.
At Southampton Pochettino got the best out of young English players such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez who all got called up to the England squad.
Pochettino favours a high pressing attacking style of football and usually plays a 4-2-3-1 formation which could suit the current crop of players at Tottenham Hotspur's disposal. Attacking football will also win Spurs' fans over.
Last season Southampton scored many free kicks, defended set pieces very well and stole the ball of the opposition frequently. These are all characteristics which are needed in the current Spurs' side who frequently concede from set pieces and lack organisation when defending.
Pochettino can also bring the best out of fellow Argentine Erik Lamela, who has yet to make his mark at Spurs. According to reports in Italy, Pochettino sees Lamela as part of Spurs' future and will be given more chances next season.
The Argentine could also bring some Southampton players with him. Rodriguez has been constantly linked with Spurs and the London club would be wise to look at Dejan Lovren, who Pochettino himself signed. Lovren is a centre back and was one of Southampton's top players last year. Spurs conceded over 50 goals last season and need to strengthen the defensive areas.
Mauricio Pochettino could prove to be a good appointment by Tottenham Hotspur. His ability to get the best out of young players and bring high pressing attacking football to the club can help guide Spurs to the top four.
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