Tottenham Hotspur were 2-0 up and cruising last night in the FA Cup. Really, it should have been three or four in the first half alone for the Lilywhites.
Mourinho’s men then came out in the second half and tried to walk their way into the fourth round of the FA Cup, something that almost came back to bite them.
What I believe the head coach should be doing in these kinds of situations is letting the youngsters come on to give the crowd a lift, inject some energy and passion into the team, and to give them some experience.
I think Oliver Skipp for Eric Dier on 60 minutes would have done the world of good for Spurs. I also think that Troy Parrott for Lucas Moura would have been a great change.
Unfortunately, Parrott was not even in the matchday squad against Middlesbrough. Tanganga started, Skipp was benched, and young Dennis Cirkin was in the squad for the first time, but no Parrott.
The lad has just 18 months left on his contract and has been knocking on the door for some first-team chances for six months now, especially with Kane injured.
I know he is still young and inexperienced, but maturity only comes with game time and he is wasted in the youth competitions.
Mourinho should be having this lad on the bench most weeks and handing him minutes in cup matches and as a substitute if and when Spurs have a comfortable lead.
Give him a reason to sign a new deal and start progressing him early.
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