The Pochettino effect

Maurico Pochettino has enlightened the Premier League having arrived on these shores from Espanyol. During a period of uncertainty during the unsuccessful tenures of André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, Pochettino’s exceptional man management skills and raw coaching ability see Spurs on the verge of an exciting new era under the Argentine. Matthew Boon explores the effect that the manager has had on the Spurs team.   

Mauricio Pochettino was appointed Tottenham Hotspur manager in the summer of 2014 by Daniel Levy following the sacking of Tim Sherwood as a result of a poor run of results during a period of significant instability as a football club. The club needed a manager with the credentials to revamp the brand of football. With the significant recognition that Mauricio Pochettino had gained from his impressive management of Southampton, he seemed like the perfect man for the job.

During his time at Southampton, he guided the Saints to their highest ever Premier League finish of eighth, but also oversaw the progress of many home-grown stars such as Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse. At Southampton he introduced his attacking and energetic style of play that many footballing fans across England admire; meaning that once announced as manager, Mauricio received a rapturous reception from many Spurs fans.


Shaw is one of many young English stars to have blossomed under Pochettino

Before Pochettino’s appointed, Spurs had often been a team who were considered as weak and inconsistent; with such performances often being dubbed ‘Spursy’. 

As said by Gary Neville, “the squad he inherited were a bunch of players who had a poor work ethic , poor attitude and didn’t have a great deal of care for the club”. Mauricio needed to entirely transform the club and already he’s already shown signs of his exceptional capability of doing this. A total of nine first team players have been sold by Pochettino and these include several ‘bad characters’, such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho as he’s looked to craft a young, hardworking squad with a huge desire to win football matches. Another noticeable change has been the development and breaking-through of a number of Spurs youth team players. 

These include Harry Kane , Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb and each of these young , bright stars have achieved great things since their first team debuts. Harry scored thirty-one goals in all competitions during the 2014/15 season which is the first time an Englishmen had bagged over thirty goals in one season for Spurs since the times of Gary Lineker. Not only this , but Harry won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award which is quite an incredibly achievement from a lad who was playing for Spurs under 21s less than a year before that. Ryan had earned himself his first international cap whilst Nabil Bentaleb captained his international side, Algeria, in the 2015 African Cup of Nations.  

Not only has Mauricio began to transform Tottenham Hotspur as a club, but he’s also become a fans favourite very quickly. During the 2014/15 season he lead the squad to Wembley for the first time in seven years,  hopefully a sign of what we can expect in the years to come. Spurs, inspired by Harry Kane, also made history by beating Chelsea 5-3 at home in Pochettino’s debut season; the first time they have done so in five years. Kane was also firing in another London derby after his double led Spurs to a famous 2-1 against local rivals Arsenal. 

Moving onto the current season, Mauricio has already guided Spurs to some famous victories but his incredible summer signings have been one of the main talking points. Firstly , Toby Alderweireld was signed for £11.4m in the summer of 2015 and he has arguably been the signing of the summer. Being Belgian and a centre half has enabled him to form an incredibly solid defensive partnership with his compatriot Jan Vertonghen. Mauricio’s other defensive signings, such as Kieran Trippier have also been so effective that Tottenham (as of February 2016) have the best defensive record in the league, an achievement that many would never have expected Spurs to earn.


Spurs remain rock solid at the back

Pochettino is not only developing a young, talented and hardworking squad but a very definitive culture at Tottenham Hotspur. Under the Argentine, Spurs have grown into a team of hardworking, passionate and consistent individuals and this is all down to the work of Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham have the youngest squad in the league and as they are achieving such brilliant things now, it can surely only mean that the future is going to be brighter still.

Written by Matthew Boon

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