One of Spurs’ most exciting prospects Jamie Bowden signed a new deal with the club over the weekend and it seems as if former manager Mauricio Pochettino played a big part.
According to Football Insider, Pochettino was a big admirer and fast-tracked Bowden into the first-team and the 18-year-old travelled with Spurs to Manchester City away last season in the dramatic Champions League quarter-final game. Bowden, who is a defensive midfielder, confirmed that he had signed a new deal on Friday evening last week and looks to have a bright future with the North London club.
Interestingly, the source explained that it is a three-and-a-half year deal running until the summer of 2023.
The youngster has made 11 appearances for the youth team so far this season and is clearly regarded by the Spurs staff as one of the brightest prospects in the academy sides. Pochettino clearly rated the youngster very highly and his influence on the 18-year-old is said to be one of the main reasons behind his new contract with the club; which will reportedly run until 2023.
Although Bowden is unlikely to be challenging for a first-team spot under Jose Mourinho anytime soon, the Portuguese manager will no doubt have been made aware of the 18-year-old’s clear talent. It will be interesting to see if Mourinho believes in the youngster as much as Pochettino clearly did, with the Argentinian having been a massive fan of Bowden during his time at the club.
Bowden has plenty of players to look up to in the Spurs squad, with both Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp having established themselves as first-team players having progressed from the academy in recent years. Bowden is certainly a talent and one to keep an eye on over the next few years.