Mauricio Pochettino should look at the past to build for Tottenham Hotspur's future

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Andros Townsend, in his infinite knowledge of the intricate subtleties and nuances of the beautiful game, recently stated in an article in the Mirror that he reckons the current squad at Tottenham Hotspur can emulate the Class of '92.

Now, I'd first like to say that I do not believe this to be the case to the extent that old Andros does, but I do believe that behind the web of incredulous beliefs and irrational conclusions that form the bulk of Townsend's mind I do find there to be a glimmer of hope or, at least, truth.

For it is true that Pochettino, as did Ferguson all those years ago, has delved into the products of the youth system to hand pick and craft what has become a quite formidable team of young entrepreneurs desperate to prove themselves in a team and league seeming, to them, previously unattainable.

But can the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Andros Townsend and Danny Rose hope to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and the Neville brothers, giants who have shaped the modern game in a historical way. The simple answer is no. No they can not. But in the wicked world of football punditry and analysis who likes a simple answer?

The current crop at Tottenham are a talented bunch, no doubt, but as is the case with any budding professional - from actors to adult performers, one should always aim to carve out their special place in history and be different, unique. Comparisons can take a player a long way but there is a fine line as to when encouragement takes the shape of a strenuous and heavy burden.

So why have Tottenham, under Pochettino, been earning praise and why does the future look so exceptionally bright for such an inconsistent club? 

Mauricio Pochettino has been much lauded for the work he has done this season at White Hart Lane, and rightly so, but I would go further (if I may) and say that the road to success has always been tangible, or at least in touching distance, but only to a manager of a sufficient calibre and outlook.

A Look Back

I'll give you the history in as brief a description as I can. After selling Rafael Van der Vaart, Luka Modric and then Gareth Bale, one after the other, Daniel Levy was left with a dearth of talent and so he commissioned a spending spree of over £100,000,000 to bolster Tottenham's ranks but to little effect.

Tottenham, unable to admit their faults in the transfer market, persisted with their new signings in turn shunning the exciting prospects consistently on offer from their academy. And so, after the latest managerial sacking Levy, like a child in a toy shop, chose his next line of attack, the next 'Saviour of Spurs', namely Mauricio Pochettino.

Phew. Sorry about that. Still got you? Brilliant.

Pochettino made the somewhat blindingly obvious choice of discarding the rot from the squad he received and consequently decided on playing the players he thought most wanted it and most deserved the opportunity; say hello to Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb (although credit must also go to Tim Sherwood, now of Aston Villa, for easing them into Spurs' peripheral vision).

A New Look

What Pochettino has at his disposal now is a group of players who have embraced his possession-based, pressing style of play. Many of whom have spent years already together in the same teams at the Spurs' Academy and many of whom will spend years to come, playing together in England teams of the future.

Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend have already represented their county at the highest level whilst Harry Kane is in contention for his first international cap, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose and Eric Dier are close to breaking down the door to jump into the homely embrace of Roy Hodgson's arms.

But this is to only name a few! What of the non-English folk amongst the current squad, what of the non-academy graduates, and I speak of the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, what of the current members of the academy?

Not to mention the renovation of White Hart Lane into a 56,000 seater ground that will transform the status and potential of the club as a whole. Turning not only into a considerably more impressive club and establishment, but also into a club more attractive commercially and into a more powerful competitor in the transfer market.

What Next?

This is all, of course, hypothetical. But with the right manager at the reins (check), with a tight-knit group of enthusiastic players (Check) and in the correct environment (to be confirmed) then why not?

But, for all you Spurs players reading this, I implore you not to try and emulate the footsteps of others. DO it yourself. DO it your own way. And I believe that is exactly what Pochettino has in mind. I hope.

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