Claude Puel believes that his philosophy of developing young players at Leicester City could be of benefit to the England national team.
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Frenchman defended his methods and insisted that he will not be moving away from his development-oriented approach.
Puel has utilised a young core at the King Power Stadium this season. The Foxes have handed more than double the number of minutes to players under 22-years-old in comparison to their Premier League counterparts.
As quoted by Leicestershire Live, the former Southampton manager discussed the statistic. He said:
It’s a good statistic for the club. I think we have shown some inconsistency in our game but often a lot of quality too.
I think to have the possibility to develop all these young players is good for the future. It’s important, step by step, to have good maturity, good consistency, to find a little more good clinical edge.
If we have a little more precision in our last few games, we could have won. We deserve perhaps another result.
Puel continued to speak about Leicester’s utilisation of inexperienced players and stated that it could be of benefit to Gareth Southgate’s England side, with more younger options being handed chances to shine at club level. The manager said:
It is important to have this possibility for the future. If we can give good game-time for our players, I think it’s a good thing not just for Leicester, but for the national team.
It’s difficult when we try to develop young players to have at the same time the good results, but we try and we are not far from the other teams.
The 57-year-old will be hoping that his young guns can fire the Foxes to a surprise win at Spurs this weekend.