Pochettino: Spending culture damages youth development

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the spending culture prevalent in the Premier League is detrimental to youth development.

Pochettino used Spurs teenager Marcus Edwards as an example of someone who would be considered a hot prospect if he were born in South America, but because he is in England he is seen as too young.

The Spurs boss is concerned that the tendency of big English clubs to buy experienced players has made it difficult to develop young talent, as youth is considered too risky to be given regular opportunities.

"It is cultural," Pochettino told a news conference. "Maybe if Marcus Edwards were born in Brazil or Argentina, today he would be one of the most interesting prospects in football in the world. Maybe all the big teams would be fighting to buy him.

"But he is at Tottenham, he is in England and, at 17, he is still a kid. We cannot appreciate he is a man, nearly a man, and he deserves to play.

"That is the cultural difference. The Premier League is one of the stronger financial leagues, and Tottenham — like Liverpool and all the clubs — prefer to buy experience and quality, bring a player who is 24, 23 or 26 that performs quickly, rather than give time to the younger players and wait to build a prospect like Marcus Edwards.

"That is the balance. Tottenham is in a different project. Of course, we bring in players but we try to give the opportunity to the younger players who have potential one day to be in the first team.

"It is for the clubs to sell the players as they need the money to survive. In Argentina, if you are 19 or 20 and you haven't made your debut people think you are not a good player. It is a completely different vision of football."