Opinion: Five Spurs players who need more game time under Mourinho in 2020

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in midfield and attack at Tottenham Hotspur, as he inherited a very strong squad from Pochettino.

However, there are some players who have yet to be given a run in the team under the new manager, who could have a big part to play in the new year and new decade.

Let’s take a look at the five players who need more game time under Mourinho:

Tanguy Ndombele –

Since Mourinho took over, Ndombele has only played 90 minutes once in the league (TransferMarkt), and that came in the last match against Norwich. Part of this has been down to injury, of course. But I think part of it has also come with the new formation, as Ndombele doesn’t quite fit in. Mourinho needs to hand this lad more minutes in 2020 as he has the talent to become one of the best in the league.

Giovani Lo Celso – 

Another new signing, and another man who has been used sparingly in the league under the Special One. Lo Celso has been an unused substitute on four occasions under Mourinho, and even in the four games he has featured in, only played two minutes, five minutes, 34 minutes, and 74 minutes respectively (TransferMarkt). If Spurs make the deal permanent in January, Mourinho needs to filter Eriksen out and Lo Celso in.

Harry Winks – 

Unfortunately, Winks has suffered at the hands of injury, suspension, and most importantly, Mourinho’s obsession with Eric Dier. Since Mourinho’s first game in charge, Winks has never played another 90 minutes in the league under the manager (TransferMarkt). In my opinion, Winks, Ndombele, and Sissoko have to be the first three choices in midfield, and with the right management, Winks could become an incredible player.

Erik Lamela – 

Lamela only made his return from injury this week, so his first appearance under Mourinho came against Norwich, where he looked like a bright spark. I feel like Lamela is definitely a Mourinho kind of player, with his effort and desire. We could see a lot of him in the new year, if he stays injury-free that is.

Troy Parrott – 

My first choice would be for Parrott to go out on loan, but if he stays at Spurs then Mourinho must give him playing time. Tottenham have no back-up striker, so it is the perfect excuse to put this lad on the bench and to use him regularly. I want to see him playing the final ten minutes of games when Spurs are ahead and Kane needs a rest.

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