Pochettino lauded for Saints youth policy

Mauricio Pochettino is the man to help Southampton's young talent realise their potential, according to teenage defender Calum Chambers.

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Chambers is ready to continue at right-back should Nathaniel Clyne fail a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at St Mary's Stadium.

The 18-year-old wants to be part of a new wave of home grown Southampton talent, even eyeing emulating Manchester United's famous class of 1992.

With hands-on Argentinian Pochettino at the helm, Chambers believes Saints can follow in the footsteps of United's golden generation.

Pochettino has been linked with Tottenham's vacant managerial post after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked at the start of the week.

But Chambers is confident the former Argentina defender will remain at Saints for the long haul.

He said: "We train really hard and he has a philosophy in how he likes to play - and the team believe in it 100 per cent.

"If we all play that way, we keep going throughout the game, we are a very good team.

"He likes to join in during training: he has very specific ways he likes us to play. And he's great at teaching you his way.

"He's really supportive of you, if you have any questions you can go ask him and he'll help you any way he can.

"Everyone feels comfortable around him and he's a really nice guy.

"He's got great experience, and if you ask him he'll help you in that way he'll help you any way he can."

Chambers graduated from Saints' academy at the same time as first-team peers Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prouse and Harrison Reed.

All four teenagers tasted Premier League action in Saints' 1-1 home draw with Manchester City on December 7.

Southampton's youth team hammered Portsmouth 7-0 in the third round of the FA Youth Cup earlier this month.

Chambers believes his group of academy stars have kick-started a trend for the south coast outfit.

He said: "I think it's just the start now: Southampton have got a fantastic academy.

"Anyone coming through that is brought up the Southampton way.

"There's plenty more players to come up who can handle it.

"We see ourselves trying to do the same as that famous United side, why not?

"That's our aim and our ambition is to all come through together and be the best we can."



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