By Molly Burke
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has applauded Tottenham’s ‘amazing’ Englishmen, admitting that bringing in that quality of homegrown talent is near to impossible for him.
Spurs are flying high this season and so are their homegrown stars, with Harry Kane bagging 19 goals so far and Dele Alli not too far behind – both netted in Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League win over Everton.
Tottenham’s recent success with using players from their youth system has not gone unnoticed, with Guardiola keen to heap praise on the White Hart Lane players.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have reportedly become the focus of interest from City with their manager aiming to improve his defence.
Meanwhile youngster Harry Winks is beginning to make his mark in the team alongside fellow midfielder Eric Dier.
“I would like English players because they know the league and that is much better,” Guardiola told the London Evening Standard.
“I am really impressed with how many good English players your country has. Tottenham players, the English players are all amazing.
“Believe me, I would like English players, but it is impossible. You know that better than me. It is so expensive.”
John Stones and Raheem Sterling both recently signed for City for just under £50 million each, with the latter claiming the label of the most-expensive English footballer of all time.
The rising cost of homegrown stars is having its affects on the Premier League, with even the top six clubs struggling to find the money to afford them.
While almost £100 million was spent on the City pair, Spurs will revel in the fact Kane and Alli cost a mere £5 million combined and have gone on to become key in their participation in the Premier League title race.