Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has dropped the biggest hint yet about his intentions with the club’s youngsters.
In yesterday’s 5-0 thumping win over Burnley, all of Mourinho’s substitutions looked to the future. In the past, he has been criticised for not playing young players enough. But he is looking to change that at Tottenham.
With Spurs in command against Burnley, Mourinho introduced Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott in the final 15 minutes. In doing so, experienced pros like Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen were left as unused substitutes.
Tottenham have a talented bunch of youngsters and these are arguably three of the best. Sessegnon joined from Fulham in the summer while Skipp and Parrott have come through the ranks.
Skipp will be pushing for more appearances in central midfield. The England U21 starlet has now played a number of first-team games as Mauricio Pochettino was also a big fan.
But Pochettino didn’t give Parrott a chance in the Premier League. Mourinho has changed that early on and handed the Republic of Ireland star, 17, his league debut for Spurs.
All of this points towards a potential shift in Mourinho’s youth policy. At Manchester United, he started to show that he was willing to give youth a try with Scott McTominay.
Mourinho has the players at his disposal at Spurs and he needs to blood them in wisely. In games like yesterday, it was the perfect opportunity to give minutes to the youngsters. This is a much more prudent approach than playing Eriksen, who is already plotting his Spurs exit.