Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Luis Binks has revealed that things took a positive turn for him at Spurs when Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.
Mourinho is often criticised for failing to trust young players although the Spurs boss remains adamant that the reputation is unwarranted (Football.London).
From his time at North London so far, it certainly appears as if he is willing to give some of the club’s academy prospects a chance, with the likes of Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga benefiting from the 57-year-old’s arrival.
Binks has admitted that the Portuguese coach seemed to like him much more than his predecessor did.
The 19-year-old left Tottenham in January to sign for MLS side Montreal Impact and after impressing in his first few months in Canada, was snapped up by Serie A side Bologna last month.
The young centre-half said in an interview with Football Ollie: “When Mourinho came in, for me personally it changed a lot of things.
“I was training with the first team [under Mourinho] more than I was when I was with Pochettino and I think he liked me more than Pochettino did so for me it was good.”
Binks also admitted that there was a good relationship between the youth team set up and the first team at Spurs.
He added: “The interaction with the youth and first-team at Spurs while I was there was good.
“Most clubs youth teams are separate from their first team, but at Spurs, it wasn’t the case so I think this was a good thing.”
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Mourinho has insisted that he is ready to give young players an opportunity if they are good enough and he has been true to his word so far. However, it remains to be seen if he will have as much patience as someone like Pochettino would if players like Tanganga or Cirkin were to make a mistake or two. Jose’s treatment of Foyth and Rose suggests that he will be quick to bench players if they make errors, which could seriously hinder a young player’s confidence.
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