Mauricio Pochettino has urged caution after Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards starred in their 2-1 defeat by Juventus.
The 17-year-old provided a sparkling 30-minute cameo off the bench as Spurs faced the Italians in the first match of their Australian tour at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, his manager believes the teenager should be sheltered ahead of the new Premier League season and asked for patience.
‘I’m happy with all the young players,’ he said. ‘They behaved fantastically and the performance (was good) too.
‘It’s fair to pay attention to Marcus Edwards because he’s a very talented player but we have to be careful with all the young players.
Edwards signed a new contract at White Hart Lane after an impasse which had alerted some of the Continent’s top clubs.
He has starred for England Under 17s and fears were raised that he could be lured away from North London.
Under the floodlights at the 100,000-capacity arena, he showed he had an appetite for the big stage and came close to equalising as a youthful Tottenham who had gone 2-0 down, impressed following substitute Erik Lamela’s second-half strike.,
Pochettino saw summer signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen make their Spurs bows, but the Italians surged into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala and Medhi Benatia.
He thought his new boys performed well on a chilly evening in Melbourne.
‘I’m happy, very happy,’ Pochettino said. ‘Vincent worked very hard for the team. The first half was difficult but in the second half he linked better with his team-mates.
‘He was tired and we need to care for him. He needs to adapt our philosophy and our game. Victor was very good. I think that I’m very happy with both players.’