He’s a chip off the old block! Mauricio Pochettino’s son Maurizio, 17, comes off the bench in Tottenham’s FA Youth Cup defeat by rivals Arsenal

It was certainly the name that jumped out at you from the teamsheet, even if the player was only named among the Tottenham Hotspur substitutes.

And there were definitely a few bemused looks when the name Maurizio Pochettino was read out over the PA system when he came on for a brief extra time cameo.

Maurizio is the 17-year-old son of Spurs manager Mauricio and he came off the bench for the last nine minutes of their FA Youth Cup fourth round loss to Arsenal on Thursday night.

With Spurs trailing their north London rivals 5-2 when he was introduced in the 111th minute, there was little the winger could do to affect the outcome on this occasion.

But this chip off the old block is certainly hopeful of making mark way in the game at the club managed by his famous father.

Pochettino Jr’s profile on the Spurs website makes no mention of his parentage, merely saying: ‘A wide player with an eye for goal, Maurizio Pochettino was born in Barcelona and has since lived in Paris and Southampton.’

That is, of course, his father’s career path, from Barcelona-based Espanyol to Paris Saint-Germain where Mauricio finished his playing days, to his first managerial assignment in the Premier League with the Saints.

And when Pochettino was given the Spurs job in May 2014, his son made the switch from Southampton’s academy to Tottenham’s six months later.

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