"The players in our national team at the moment are the best bunch we have had for some time, but I wonder whether we will have a group as good to follow on," he adds. "We look around for English lads, but they are not easy to find and it's a major worry.
"Tottenham have worked with a lot of English players in recent years, but there is no point just trying to do a favour to the local lads if they are not good enough. The best players should be in the Premier League and that's the way it's always going to be."
Coming from the manager who gave Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick their starts at West Ham, it is a damning verdict and the decline in the traditional supply line from the lower leagues may be the primary reason why homegrown talent is being edged out the English top flight.
Lower league clubs used to survive on the profits of the sale of their best talent to the Premier League giants and now the roles are being reversed. The football landscape of England may change forever if Tottenham's mass loaning experiment proves successful.
TOTTENHAM'S OTHER FIRST TEAM (4-4-2 formation)
Giovani dos Santos
TOTTENHAM'S ON-LOAN TEAM (4-5-1 formation)
Ben Alnwick (Norwich)
Kyle Walker (Sheffield United)
Sam Cox (Cheltenham)
Steven Caulker (Yeovil)
Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter)
Jamie O'Hara (Portsmouth)
Adel Taarabt (QPR)
Danny Rose (Peterborough)
Jake Livermore (Derby)
Jonathan Obika (Yeovil)