Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he would rather promote and develop the young stars in Spurs' youth teams rather than go out and spend money on ready-made stars.
The Argentine manager has always been a fan of promoting talented young players into the first team, and has done it at the north London club this season, with youth team graduates Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Danny Rose all getting regular chances with the first team. Mason and Kane are now an integral part of the team, starting almost every match.
The 42-year-old manager did the same thing during his time at Southampton, when he nurtured the likes of Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse into the first team setup. They are now well on the path to having great careers in English football.
Even though Tottenham will be on the lookout for talented players during the transfer windows, the former Saints manager believes that, there is no point looking elsewhere when there is potential in the club's academy and is ready to give them the chance to prove themselves and stake a claim for a place in the senior squad.
"Always, always," Pochettino said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"This is my philosophy, my idea. If we have in the talent in the academy, we need to give the opportunity. Why find players outside the club?"
But the Spurs boss has made it clear that, players will be given a chance based on their potential to improve the team. And the manager has admitted that, there are young players at the club with enough talent to break into the first team.
"We won't give opportunities to those we don't believe have the potential to play in the first team, but if they do, I prefer to give them the chance. For me, there are many players here who have that potential. We just need time and patience," the Argentinean explained.
Pochettino has also given two teenagers the nod into the senior squad, with 17-year-old Josh Onomah and 18-year-old Harry Winks having got a taste of first team action this season. But the manager has warned that the youngsters need time to get to the top level.
"We need to be very careful with young talent. Onomah is only 17, but in the last two or three months he has been training with the first team every day. He needs time," Pochettino concluded.