Pochettino talks up Tottenham’s British core – ‘Aggression is difficult to find’

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the aggression that the club’s home-grown players bring to the table is a key element to the team’s success.

Since the Argentine took over in North London, Spurs have been on an upward trajectory as the squad buy into his footballing ideals.

One of Pochettino’s pre-requisites is a lung-busting work-rate when the opposition is in possession and a eagerness to get the ball back.

The likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli lead by example from the front, while other British players such as Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks have all added aggression to the team.

Pochettino has spoken out about his British core at Tottenham and admitted that it is a unique set of attributes that they offer.

“I like them, because they are very honest on the pitch and they are very aggressive,” The Mirror quote him as saying.

“That aggression is very difficult to find in another country.

“You can add new people and players from the outside, but the main group that comes from the academy is important because that is the identity of the club.”

Pochettino has put faith in the club’s academy and likes home-grown players, leading to speculation that Spurs want to sign a host of English stars currently playing in the Premier League.