Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he will be willing to give youth a chance in the Europa League this season as it would be asking too much of his first-team squad to be playing twice in the space of three days each week.
Tottenham have loaned out some of their rising stars – such as Kyle Naughton, who went to QPR last season and has been snapped up by Norwich ahead of the new campaign – in recent years but Redknapp believes the Europa League has opened up the opportunity for some of the club's emerging talent to show what they can do.
“The young players are going to be important now, they’ll definitely play in those European games – Jake Livermore, Andros Townsend and one or two others,” the Spurs boss told London24.
“They’re going to be lads who will get plenty of games in the Europa League.
“I’m going to play the younger players, because otherwise I think it’s going to be a killer, to be playing Thursday and then Sunday every week.
“We’d have no chance in the Premier League really, it kills you off. It will be a good experience for those boys.
“We’ve loaned a few players out, but we won’t be letting those ones go. We’ve got to keep one or two behind now and give them a chance to play in the European competition. It’s a nightmare, that Thursday night game, and then playing on the Sunday.
“It’s different. Whereas in the Champions League you play Tuesday or Wednesday, it’s just got a different feel to it - and you’re going off to crazy places you in this league. We’ll just give it our best shot in the Europa League and see how we go.”
Among those players who Redknapp believes has a bright future is Jake Livermore.
The central midfielder has had spells out on loan to a few Championship sides, but the Spurs boss believes that it is now his time to shine.
“Jake’s a boy who’s been out on loan everywhere. He’s been a bit of a loan ranger - Derby, Ipswich, Leeds. He’s been out on loan an awful lot,” said Redknapp.
“He’s a lad with a great attitude and he wants to be a player. He works hard, he’s a smashing boy, and we hope that he’s got a chance.
“When I came here I think people had written him off a little bit but I liked him from day one, and I’d love to see him make it. It would be great if he could make it at Tottenham.”
Tottenham’s Europa League campaign starts later this month but the manager’s focus was on the difficult set of opening fixtures in the Premier League that his side had been given.
“We’ve got a hard start, an unbelievable start,” he said. “Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City – and then you’ve got Arsenal and Liverpool, all in the first six weeks.
“It will be interesting, it will be good. We’ll soon find out how good we are.”