Jose Mourinho names 4 young Spurs stars he's learning more about and raves about one 17-year-old
Nov. 30, 2019
The Tottenham head coach is keeping an eye on the young players at the club
Jose Mourinho admits he is learning plenty about the young players at Tottenham Hotspur since his arrival last week.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has a reputation for not bringing through too many young players but has made it clear at Spurs that he will look to the club's academy.
Mourinho has already clearly started that process and name-checked a string of them on Friday.
When asked about the potential options at left-back in the wake of Ben Davies, he spoke about 17-year-old defender Dennis Cirkin, a bright prospect in the academy who signed his first professional deal with the club this week.
"[Ben] will be back and we will survive without him. I trust the other people that can play in the same position, like Danny [Rose] did in the last match and we still have other players that can do it," he said.
"On top of that, I couldn't be at the game but I watched on video our youth team playing in the [UEFA Youth League], and we also have [Dennis Cirkin].
"OK, he’s 17, but he’s a kid with a lot of quality, and I look forward to bringing him to train with us, and to help his development."
Mourinho admitted that he knows plenty about Tottenham's first team squad from his years in the Premier League but is learning plenty about the young trio who are now part of the set-up.
"People can say he is not Tottenham coach and he is speaking very well about them. How many years have I spoken well about Tottenham and the players? I like the squad and I like the players and I know them," he explained.
"I am in the Premier League now six or seven years in a row, I know them all very, very well. I am learning now about the younger ones. The ones that I didn't know very, very well.
"(Troy) Parrott , (Japhet) Tanganga, (Oliver) Skipp. The ones that didn't play very much in the Premier League are the ones that I am trying to learn as well as the ones that are in youth football."
Mourinho also spoke about another teenager in Ryan Sessegnon , when asked by football.london whether the summer signing is more of an attacking option at the moment rather than a left-back one.
"In this moment, yes. I think Ryan is absolutely fantastic, I have known him since a kid in Fulham. When he comes to the first team in the Premier League it is different to the Championship," he said.
"I think in this moment he is a winger on the left, can also play on the right, can learn progressively and even developing physically, which he is doing. Even last time I saw him and the first time I met him, when I came here he is already different physically.
"I think Ryan can play as a left-back. probably the left-back in the last decade was Ashley Cole, in spite of him being from two enemy clubs, but he was fantastic. But Ryan has lots of similarities with Ashley, and he can learn how to defend. In the future I think he can be (a left-back) but in this moment he is not ready to play as a left-back."
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