Mauricio Pochettino hints another Tottenham player is 'missing' from PFA Team of the Year

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Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he believes a fifth Tottenham player should have been included in the PFA Team of the Year.

Representatives from Spurs and Chelsea dominate the 2016/17 selection with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all recognised for their individual performances.

The quartet's inclusion has helped Spurs (15) move ahead of rivals Arsenal (12) in regards to picks over the last decade.

But the side has, predictably, led to widespread debate on social media among fans of Premier League clubs.

Many Spurs supporters voiced the opinion that Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were unfortunate to be overlooked while Hugo Lloris has also been hailed as a more deserving choice than Manchester United's David de Gea in some quarters.

Pochettino says he is reluctant to put too much emphasis on individual awards but has suggested more players from White Hart Lane should have made the cut.

"I’m happy for them, happy for Tottenham," Pochettino told his pre-match news conference when asked about those who had been included.

"Maybe they’re missing someone from us, I think, but you know that is a thing I don’t care too much about.

"Like when the people decide the Manager of the Month, I think it’s more a trophy for the club, it’s not for one manager," added the Argentine.

Meanwhile, Pochettino has warned clubs interested in signing Alderweireld that Spurs have the power to keep all their most important players.

The 28-year-old is in discussions over a new deal and Standard Sport understands he is seeking pay parity with the club's top earners Kane and Lloris.

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