Alasdair Gold on reveals one of Daniel Levy’s briefs to Mourinho over academy set-up

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Football.London’s Alasdair Gold believes that a lack of transfer funds this summer will not completely disrupt Jose Mourinho’s plans due to the fact the Spurs head coach intended to give young players from the academy more opportunities.

Spurs are set to be one of the worst affected of the top-flight clubs if the Premier League decides to play next season behind closed doors, with Football Insider estimating that the Lilywhites could lose over £100 million in matchday revenue.

Transfer expert Duncan Castles suggested last month that the club may not have any transfer funds at all to spend this summer (Transfer Window Podcast), while The Mirror has claimed that Mourinho has been asked to prioritise loan signings.

However, Gold believes that one of Mourinho’s tasks when taking over at Tottenham was to bring young players through and that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could see some within the academy follow in the footsteps of the likes of Japhet Tanganga and make their mark on the first-team.

When asked during a Q&A on his YouTube channel if the lack of transfer activities will mean more emphasis on youth team players, Gold said: “I do believe it will. Across a lot of clubs, you will see very stable squads. I don’t think you will see a lot of transfer activity just because the money isn’t going to be there.

“If we’re talking about it being uncomfortable, not quite right for football to return or if wages are being cut, then people are also going to be uncomfortable suddenly seeing enormous money spent on transfers.

“We are going to see more stable squads certainly going into next season and I think young players will get more opportunities. That was one of Mourinho’s briefs when he came in. Daniel Levy said to him ‘I want to see players come through’.

“It is a Tottenham thing. We’ve seen Parrott, we’ve seen Skipp. We’ve seen Tanganga come through and doing very well. We’ll see more of those players getting opportunities. It’ll be interesting to see how they evaluate them without pre-season.”

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Mourinho clearly rates the squad we have very highly and has repeatedly said that it just needs tweaking instead of a massive overhaul. He has also shown already during his brief time at Spurs that he is more than willing to give opportunities to young players if he feels they are good enough.

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