Through the Lilywhite tinted hue of your spectacles it can be easy to forget that Pochettino is in fact a novice coach and as phrase goes, is doing his growing up in public.
When asked – ahead of the North London Derby – where Alderweireld was, the Argentinian became tetchy:
“Sorry? After the game I need to explain this? You think I need to explain why I picked one or another? Why? Sorry, I don’t understand your question. Why I pick 11 players? Because I need to pick 11 players. I don’t understand your question. I picked a player that I believe are the best to play in every game, but, if I explain why I don’t play Alderweireld, I need to explain why for Danny Rose, Wanyama, Llorente, Michel Vorm, Harry Winks – I don’t understand your question.”
I take a view that the problem lies with the chumps asking the questions. 99% of the stuff pitched at Poch is disingenuous stuff that is more about creating clicks than it is about eliciting an understanding of how things operate at Hotspur Way.
‘POCH STUMBLES WHEN QUESTIONED STILL NO NEW ALDERWEIRELD DEAL’ is easier to write than the exceptionally dull truth. The club is seeking to help an ageing player is making a sound return to first team action after what became and unexpectedly troublesome injury.
So ask yourself what’s nearer the truth, Spurs have sought and agreed a special dispensation from the Football Association and the Premier League to sell Toby to Manchester United next week, or a duty of care is being followed and it’s hopeful that the Belgian International can complete robustly when he returns, perhaps even against Juventus?
It might be an idea to vet the audience at the pressers more closely.