Opinion: How the first-team stars are letting down the academy starlets at Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur failed to get the win yet again today as they took on Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, conceding the first goal for the fifth match in a row.

While I could analyse the draw and where it went wrong for Spurs, I would like to instead look at how the experience and underperforming senior stars are letting down the youngsters at the club.

Let’s imagine that Tottenham are in full flow as they were back in 2017, undefeated at home and pushing for the title.

Jose Mourinho would be able to hand a generous number of minutes to the likes of Tanganga, Parrott, and Skipp without any risk at all.

If Spurs were 3-0 up by the 60-minute mark, he could take off Son and give Parrott half an hour. Perhaps swap Winks for Skipp or Alderweireld for Tanganga.

The problem is that Spurs have never been in the position to make changes like that since Mourinho took over. The team is under pressure from minute one to minute 90.

It’s no good destroying the confidence of someone like Tanganga by putting him into an underperforming backline, especially when they are fighting to hold onto a draw or a win.

My point is that not only are the senior stars dropping points and letting the fans down, but they are also firmly shutting the door on youth development for the short-term.

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