Opinion: Mourinho’s right-back plan – The four players he will use next season

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are just three weeks away from the start of the new season and fans are still unsure over who will be the starting right-back come September.

Supporters must remember that the was said last year when Pochettino started Kyle Walker-Peters for the first three games, before trialling Sanchez, Sissoko, and Foyth.

The Argentine eventually welcomed Serge Aurier back into the fold once the transfer window was shut and Jose Mourinho ended up favouring the Ivorian.

This time around, the transfer window is set to extend all the way into October, so we may not have closure over the right-back position for some time.

However, it is clear to me that Jose Mourinho has already laid the groundwork for his right-back plans ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Special One will look towards Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth for the upcoming season, due to their experience in the makeshift right-back role. Tanganga played their under Mourinho last season and Foyth has appeared at right-back for Argentina.

However, Gedson Fernandes can now be added to the list as a right-wing-back option, a player who could perform a similar role to Serge Aurier last season.

All of this aside, I do not believe that any of these three will be Mourinho’s first choice. It will not be that kind of window. Foyth, Tanganga, and Gedson will remain as ‘options’.

The first-choice right-back will be a new signing, whether that comes in the form of Castagne, Celik, Aarons, or someone else; Tottenham will have a brand-new right-back.

The point to hammer home is that, just because Spurs may sell both Aurier and Walker-Peters this window, does not mean that two new right-backs will be purchased.

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