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Tottenham a ‘completely different club’ thanks to ‘top class’ Mauricio Pochettino, says Kyle Walker

Former Totteham full-back Kyle Walker says the club will challenge for silverware for a number of years due to Mauricio Pochettino’s impact on the club.

The England international left for Manchester City last summer and has now won his first Premier League title after Pep Guardion side were confirmed champions on Sunday.

A lack of silverware under Pochettino is the final sticking criticism of this Tottenham side, something they will hope to rectify in the FA Cup this season, but Walker feels his impact goes above trophies.

Walker was part of the squad the former Southampton manager inherited upon his arrival in 2014, but the 27-year-old claims he left a ‘completely di “Pochettino is a top-class coach – you can see that with the players he has brought through and what he’s done for Tottenham Hotspur as a football club,” the defender told talkSport.

“From when I first signed there to now, Tottenham are a completely different club.

“I signed there when I was 19 and they had a lot of good players – Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale – there was a lot of good individuals but we didn’t gel well as a team, especially against the top teams.

“Now I think that’s been put to bed. I never won at Stamford Bridge with Tottenham and they did that a couple of weeks ago, which is a big step in the right direction for them.

“They do need trophies. They have a lot of players there who want to win things, but it’s a work in progress.

“I think Tottenham will be right up there challenging for a number of years now, because of the squad and the manager they’ve got.”

A third successive year of Champions League football is all but certain for Spurs, while their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Sunday could move them one step closer to a first trophy since 2008.

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