I know a lot of people don't like them but Spurs has to be the sustainable blueprint for how we want to break into the top 6.
We're never going to be able to outspend the rich clubs, so we have to find another way and aside from Leicester's freak season, Spurs have provided the only obvious alternative way to do it.
Yes Kane is a big part of that but even with him, there was nothing in his early career to suggest he was going to become the monster he's become so it's hard not to conclude that the manager is a massive part of his development.
In the main they have invested in talent in the 20-24 bracket, got a very good manager to work with them and improve them and grown the side into greater than the sum of their parts through good scouting, good recruitment and brilliant coaching.
Nzonzi is a good player but he's unlikely to improve at 29 and it's probable that he will decline a bit, and then 2/3 seasons later you probably have to replace him.
RBLeipzig are another team who do what Spurs have done. Identify the best young talents before they become big, and get them before they become £50m players.
Surely that has to be the way for us.
It’ll be interesting to see what they’re like if / when Pochettino goes.
Could be that they struck lucky with the coach rather than a sustainable model for consistent challenges etc.
Leipzig is interesting as they clearly spend decent amounts otherwise most of the rest of the country wouldn’t hate them.
It’s also more fluid in Germany below Bayern.
Having said all that I agree with the general premise.
But we could point to Pickford, Keane, Klaassen and Sandro as an attempt this summer to sign the spine of the team with player who are sub 24.
We’ve got a distance to catch up the top 6 so, given that we know all young players are gambles, we also need some players who will play exactly how you think / want them to.
Unfortunately players like Schneiderlin haven’t provided that guarantee of consistency so we’d still be looking for a midfielder for example.