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Redknapp: Tottenham must start producing own stars

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says he wants to improve the club's youth system.

"It is something that we need to do, we need to start producing some players at this club again," said Redknapp, who knows his Tottenham history, having trained as a youngster with them in the early 1960s.

"We know the Hoddles, the Perrymans, all of those lads... John Pratt, way back, you've had them over the years. There are too many to mention who have come through the conveyor belt of Tottenham - the club used to produce their own players for years. That has dropped off and we need to get it going again."

"Hopefully, these kids will become first-teamers next season, although it's hard to tell," said Redknapp, who oversaw the development of a host of future stars at West Ham United, including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. "There was never any doubts about those kids at West Ham going into the first-team very quickly because they were so good. All of this lot have potential, there are some good players here but only time will tell how they develop. That other group [at West Ham] was never in doubt, in my opinion."

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