The CEO of FRT-C, LLP, Antonios Antoniou serves as a financial consultant to a mid-sized company. Outside of work, Tony Antoniou enjoys watching soccer, and his favorite team is Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham’s current manager, Mauricio Pochettino, wants to follow the FC Barcelona model of success, slowly building a strong team out of young academy graduates.
In an attempt to quickly boost their teams, many managers opt to spend big bucks acquiring good players. Manchester United recently set the record, re-signing Paul Pogba for a massive £89 million. Mauricio Pochettino says his team simply cannot compete financially with some of its more wealthy rivals.
Instead, Pochettino hopes to draw inspiration from Barcelona and its La Masia academy. The academy is responsible for many quality Barcelona players, including Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and of course, Lionel Messi.
Pochettino also said this strategy will allow Tottenham to keep its unique identity, but that this will also take time. He cited current match-day regulars like Onomah, Carter-Vickers, and Winks as examples of the strategy’s merit.
The manager went on to concede that the team will always need more seasoned, experienced players to help the younger academy graduates along, but that he saw great potential in the team’s academy.