John McDermott head of Coaching and Player Development expressed the sentiment to NBC that inner drive was important to Spurs. He said it isn't the pushy patent or the pushy coach, we look to develop that inner drive within a youngster so he will want to continually improve.
You can not expect to build player loyalty or a successful academy if you do not bring players through and give them opportunities in the first team. In are cases it can be achieved at clubs winning trophies and paying top wages, like John Terry at Chelsea, but the wages are not something we can compete on.
We had to find another way to compete and investing in youth was the answer we came up with. That means employing the best coaches, the best scouts at a very grass roots level and be better at it than our nearest rivals.
We have arguable overtaken Arsenal in terms of youth development, they are now all about buying players after growing so many of their own. Manchester United grew their own before buying to sustain success.
Our club has a real identity now, young English players abound in the first team where you look at Chelsea and they only play two English players a game, often the case with other clubs challenging as well. If you are a young English player living in London Tottenham must figure high on the places you would ant to go and learn simply because if you are good enough you are likely to be given a chance while other clubs won't give you a look in.
Long may we hear the Spurs fans singing he's one of our own, you don't seem to hear it anywhere else.
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