We can all agree that the Bayern Munich match on Wednesday was a complete dead rubber, although nobody told Munich’s manager who started with a strong line-up.
Mourinho, on the other hand, took the opportunity to rest several key players, including Kane, Aurier, Vertonghen, and Dele. Son and Sanchez were also on the bench.
However, Mourinho’s starting line-up was still slightly stronger than many predicted or wanted, with fans largely disappointing that Troy Parrott wasn’t given the chance to make his Champions League debut.
In fact, the three most promising academy starlets, Parrott, Tanganga and Skipp were all on the bench, but only the latter was given a cameo off the bench.
Fans seemed confused as to why Mourinho would give time to Wanyama instead of Tanganga and to potentially risk Son rather than Parrott. It does not look good for either young player that they can’t even get a kick in a match with nothing riding on it.
Will it be the same old problem with Mourinho and youth?
It may be more than likely that Mourinho is going to loan some of them out in January, although Tanganga has just six months left on his contract and Parrott just 18.
Tanganga is probably the clubs sixth choice centre back right now and Parrott is very unlikely to get any time, especially with Kane, Son and Lucas more likely to start upfront than the young Irishman.
It may do both players good to get game time at a Championship club where they will play week in, week out. That way, they may be more likely to get game time next season.
However, I do worry that Mourinho will choose to keep all three at the club, while offering them little first-team opportunities. This kind of behaviour would surely only push them to leave on free transfers and seek football elsewhere.
I rate all three very highly and they could be the future of this club, much like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Fikayo Tomori at Chelsea.
Give them game time, or watch them leave. Simple.
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