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‘Player with a future’: Jose Mourinho hails 20-year-old Spurs gem who’s regularly in first-team training

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‘Player with a future’: Jose Mourinho hails 20-year-old Spurs gem who’s regularly in first-team training

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has praised Marcel Lavinier, saying the 20-year-old Spurs academy graduate is a “very serious full-back” and a “player with a future”.

Lavinier was included in Mourinho’s 25-man squad for the knockout stages of the Europa League, and made his Spurs debut in Wednesday night’s hammering of Wolfsberger.

He came through the ranks at Chelsea, winning the Under-18 Premier League southern division and national title, the FA Youth Cup and the inaugural Under-18 Premier League Cup in 2017-18.

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The versatile player – who can play across the defence and even in midfield – was released by the West Londoners last year and linked up with Spurs in October 2020 after a trial.

Now, Lavinier is in and around the Tottenham first team and, after getting 16 minutes off the bench, Mourinho spoke highly of the youngster.

“Lavinier of course has more experience (than Nile John), a little bit older,” he told


“Always training with us a lot of times. He’s a man, a young man, a very serious full-back, also a player with a future.”

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It’s always great to see a talented youngster make his senior debut, and it was certainly a night to remember for Lavinier and John.

Taking over from Matt Doherty, Lavinier dealt well with what was thrown at him and he also looked to get up the pitch.

Given Spurs haven’t had the best of times at right-back, it’s good to know there’s a talented player in that position that can understudy and potentially challenge Doherty and Serge Aurier.

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