Journalist names the five academy talents Mourinho has earmarked for first-team spots

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has proven since arriving at Tottenham Hotspur that he is more than willing to hand young players an opportunity if they are ready to make the step up.

Japhet Tanganga has been handed a regular run in the side since the turn of the year while Oliver Skipp also featured in both the Premier League and the FA Cup before the season was suspended.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Troy Parrott, Harvey White, Dennis Cirkin, George Marsh, and Malachi Fagan-Walcott are all likely to be heavily involved with the first-team for the remainder of this season, as well as the next campaign.

Mourinho handed Fagan-Walcott his Champions League debut and Parrott his Premier League debut in the past six months, and Gold believes that both could be more heavily involved in the future.

The Spurs boss is also said to be impressed by the versatility of White and Marsh, with both players featuring in the recent eleven vs eleven internal friendly.

Mourinho is said to have taken a liking to Cirkin following his displays in the UEFA Youth League, and the left-back is expected to train with the first-team.

Gold believes that these five players could feature in the final nine games of the season after the substitutes rule was amended to allow teams to name nine players on the bench and make five changes per game.

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Some Spurs fans seem to be worried that we have not produced any noteworthy talent from the academy since Winks but Skipp and Tanganga both look as though they are going to be heavily involved next season. While it is impossible to predict how soon the likes of White or Cirkin will make the transition to the first-team, it is clear that they are rated highly by Mourinho and his coaching staff.

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  1. None of them will be heavily involved in the first team for the rest of the season. They are unlikely to be involved at all. As for next season Marsh is unlikely to be there; the others will be looking to get into the U23s or make a loan move. Maybe Parrott has a chance of a little game time. Always worth remembering that Gold hasn’t got a clue. He sees 5 kids training with the squad because numbers are low and then makes ridiculous claims


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