Gary Lineker wants Tottenham Hotspur's youngsters to follow the lead of Manchester United's Class of 92. The 55-year-old TV presenter thinks the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier can provide the backbone for a trophy-winning Spurs team.
Although Lineker does not expect this current Tottenham team to scale the same peaks as Sir Alex Ferguson's side, the former England star thinks they can help each other to grow and develop. He said, according to The Times: "It's a slightly unfair comparison because they were so special, but the Class of '92 [at Manchester United] all helped each other as they came through.
"I'm not going to make comparisons in terms of the level of abilities of the two groups, but that was the last time one club produced a set of English players at the same time, but they [Spurs] seem to have a massive amount of potential."
United's Champions League-winning side in 1999 featured the likes of Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, all of whom came through the club's academy. Lineker thinks it is important Tottenham keep hold of their young players and allow them to develop together.
"I would say this is slightly similar with Spurs, not quite as many of them, but certainly a few. I'm sure if they can grow together, and if Spurs can keep them at the club, which is another thing you have to take into account, not only will they blossom as they already are doing, but also Spurs could reap the rewards and become very successful in a similar sort of way, perhaps, to Manchester United," he said.
"Again I'm not comparing the amount of success, because what Manchester United did was incredible, but in terms of overall improvement for Spurs, and challenging for trophies and the title [it is a step in the right direction]."
Tottenham currently sit fourth in the Premier League, following their 1-1 draw against Everton, six points behind leaders Arsenal.