But the manager is convinced Dele Alli should be in the running to land the main award and not just retain the junior crown.
Young Tottenham stars have been voted the best by their peers in four of the last five seasons – Kyle Walker in 2012, Gareth Bale in 2013, Harry Kane in 2014 and Alli last year.
That reminds Pochettino of the times Manchester United starlets regularly used to win the award under Ferguson.
And the Spurs manager said: “It’s a big pressure to win when you are a big club. But for me the best example in football in many years was Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson and what he created with young talent from the academy or from England, which created the core of a team that won everything.”
He added: “It is true it is sometimes easier to look outside your country. One of our challenges in the last four years was to show the English people that the talent exists here.
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“I think Tottenham is showing if you believe and work and spend time that they have the same talent as in Argentina, Spain and Brazil. It is all about belief.”
Kane has been nominated for both awards and is up against Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the main one.
Alli is the Premier League’s most prolific goal-scoring midfielder this term, with 19 in all competitions so far, plus one for England, and Pochettino believed he also deserved a double nomination.
“He is showing great performances every week, in every game,” he said. “He has improved a lot from last season. I think he’s a better player, he’s showing better stats and in my opinion yes, he deserves (to be).
“Always people want to see again in the second season if he can confirm all that he showed last season – and not only did he confirm that, he’s improved in all aspects of his game.
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Dele Alli deserves more recognition, according to Mauricio Pochettino
Centre-back Keane, 24,won his first England cap last month, and said: “It’s been a magnificent team effort from us this year but to get recognised individually as well is always nice.
“The bigger picture is I couldn’t have done it without my team-mates and how the team has performed, so it’s all down to them.
“I’ve achieved a few things I wanted to do this year and it’s gone really well for me.
“But if we fail to stay in the league then it won’t be worth anything, so hopefully we manage to do that sooner rather than later.”