If there is one thing that a young up-and-coming starlet wants at a Premier League club, it’s the chance to impress and the possibility of breaking into the first-team.
The two most impressive players in the Spurs academy set-up at the moment are definitely Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga, both of whom shone during pre-season this year.
Both also started against Colchester United earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup, with Parrott also coming on for his Premier League debut last weekend during the last five minutes of the 5-0 win against Burnley.
However, Jose Mourinho is going to have to be very careful with the two youngsters, or else risking forcing them out the Hotspur Way door.
In my opinion, both should be regularly making the bench, coming on in games, and starting the odd lower level match.
Last night represented this perfect opportunity for Mourinho and Parrott/Tanganga, faced with a match that meant absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Spurs were going to finish second in the group no matter what, so why not give the youngsters a chance to show what they can do? Instead, Mourinho left them both on the bench for the full 90 minutes.
Tanganga has just over six months left on his contract in North London, while Parrott’s expires just a year after that.
Mourinho should be convincing them to stay and showing them the opportunities they can have at Spurs at every chance he gets. Last night was a naive waste.
If Spurs lose both of these on free transfers due to lack of game time, they will only have themselves to blame, as I am sure both will become top players.
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