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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou showers praise on the academy at the N17

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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou talks about the Spurs Academy

Ange Postecoglou had a bit to say about our academy, and he made some good points. He reckons our Under-21s and Under-18s have been showing some real promise and growth this year, which is cracking to hear. But, he’s quick to point out, there’s a big leap between that and playing with the big boys in the first team.

He brought up Manchester City as an example, saying there’s more than one way to crack into the first team. Take blokes like Phil Foden and Cole Palmer – they didn’t go out on loan, they stuck around, trained hard with the first team, and eventually got their chance. Others, they went out on loan to get some game time elsewhere. Here is what Big Ange told Football London:

“Yeah, look I think this year the Under-21s and Under-18s have shown some real promise and real growth, which is important but it’s a big step between that and playing first-team football. You mention Manchester City and there are various ways to get to the first-team. Guys like Foden and Palmer didn’t go out on loan, they stayed there, trained with the first-team without many opportunities and eventually broke through. Others went out on loan, so I think there is different ways, but what I do know with young players is your best chance of having them come in and make an impact is to have a real stable, senior environment.”

Ange reckons the key to bringing through young talent is having a solid, stable environment for them to develop in. And we’ve got some top-notch lads coming through the ranks, like George Abbott, Jamie Donley, Alfie Dorrington, and Alfie Devine, to name a few.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou talks about the Spurs Academy.
Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou talks about the Spurs Academy.

Trust the (academy) process!

What’s really impressive about Ange is how much trust he seems to have in our young players. He’s not afraid to give them a chance to prove themselves, and that’s something special. Because let’s face it – the success of any club over the long term depends on how much they trust their youth setups. And under Big Ange, Spurs look towards a bright future.

It’s all about finding the right balance between giving these young guns a chance to shine and making sure they’re ready for the big time. And with the Australian tactician at the helm, we’re surely in safe hands when it comes to nurturing our future stars.

So yeah, it’s exciting times ahead for Tottenham. With a manager who believes in the potential of our youth setup and a crop of talented youngsters ready to make their mark, the future’s surely looking bright for the Lilywhites.

Jamie Donley is among Tottenham's brightest academy prospects.
Jamie Donley is among Tottenham’s brightest academy prospects.

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Maybe one day we’ll see some of these academy graduates leading us to glory on the biggest stage.

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