Pochettino: Southampton will develop young English talent

The Argentine manager says the development of home-grown players is central to the club's long-term vision, while striker Billy Sharp could be set for a loan move
Mauricio Pochettino insists Southampton are committed to nurturing young English players and giving them a platform to develop.

The reliance of Premier League clubs on foreign players was slammed by FA chairman Greg Dyke recently, who claimed this "frightening trend" was having a detrimental impact on the England national team.

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But Pochettino, who has fielded nine different Englishman in the league this term, says he is keen to see the club's home-grown talent fulfil their potential.

"I have my own opinion on English football and young English players. What is clear to me is that Southampton has a clear path on how to develop young English talent," said the Argentine ahead of Sunday's home clash against West Ham.

"When [Southampton chairman] Nicola [Cortese] called me to offer me the project, he told me that the inclusion of young English players was fundamental to the project.

"There's a clear purpose to include young players in the future of the club. Our purpose is to develop talent for the future that can guarantee success for the club and keep them here."

However, one English player seemingly with no future at St Mary's Stadium is striker Billy Sharp, who is being linked with a loan move away after falling down the pecking order.

Pochettino added: "The situation has not really changed. The club is trying to find an exit for him, a club where he can play at."