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Jose Mourinho builds up youngster Japhet Tanganga in first Tottenham training session

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Jose Mourinho builds up youngster Japhet Tanganga in first Tottenham training session

The Portuguese boss does not have much of a reputation for developing young talent.

New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho does not have a great reputation for developing young talent in his previous jobs.

It something he has already sought to address in his first days in charge, with the Daily Mail quoting him saying: “There’s not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop.”

And now a clip has emerged on Twitter of Mourinho talking up 20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga to a fellow coach on his first day of training.

Mourinho brought up the fact the defender marked Cristiano Ronaldo and was heard saying ‘make him known’ during his first session.


TBR’s View – Tottenham could do with another young defender but Mourinho tends to prefer experience

With Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s contracts expiring at the end of the season, Tottenham need new defensive blood coming through to replenish their backline.

Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth should form part of the defensive plans for the future and Tanganga showed in pre-season that he has the talent to do the same.

But Mourinho’s history indicates he will prefer the experience of the Belgian duo, and perhaps look into renewing their contracts, rather than promoting youth.

Tanganga should be enthused by the fact that Mourinho has clearly looked into his past and taken an interest in him, but time will tell whether Mourinho furthers his career.

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