Former Tottenham star Andros Townsend has made a big claim about Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respectively while speaking to TalkSport.
The Crystal Palace star believes that Tottenham started the trend of appointing a young manager like Mauricio Pochettino and also bringing in young players instead of expensive ones to build a team.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United went on to appoint young managers and it is safe to say, all three of them have been fairly successful.
Townsend feels that all three clubs have taken inspiration from Tottenham. He claims that if the trio stick by their manager, they will ‘bear the fruits like Spurs did’.
He said: “I think these clubs, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. For me, they have looked at Spurs. They have looked at Spurs under Pochettino. How did Spurs get from sixth, seventh in the table to challenging for the title and the Champions League final without spending relatively that much amount of money.”
“I think they have looked at, we need to bring young players through, we need a young and attractive coach, who likes to play good football. We will buy players for £5 or 6 million and make them into world-class players.”
“So, I think they have gone down the five-year plan route and all these clubs have now got young and attractive managers, who like to bring through the youth.”
“I think in three or four years time if these clubs stick with these managers then they will bear the fruits like Spurs did. I know people will batter me and say ‘Spurs didn’t win a trophy’ but they got damn close.”
You can’t help but disagree
Tottenham certainly improved under Pochettino. The Argentine took them to a whole new level, but Arsenal and the other two clubs couldn’t possibly have looked at Spurs and said: ‘Oh, we should do that too’.
Pochettino was a young manager when he took over Tottenham but he had plenty of experience. He took charge of over 200 games at Espanyol and Southampton.
Arteta, on the other hand, had no taste of top-level management, but he has still had more success in terms of trophies than the former Spurs boss in much less time.
Arsenal’s eye for young, inexpensive players is arguably the best in the country. We have signed multiple players for almost nothing and have helped them become world-class. We’ve been doing this for a lot longer than Tottenham have.
So, Andros, Arsenal have not ‘looked at Spurs’, and neither have Chelsea or Manchester United.