Opinion: The five losers from Mourinho’s first three games in charge of Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has made the dream start in North London after winning his first three matches in charge of the Lilywhites.

With a change of system and a slight change of personnel, Mourinho seems to have Spurs functioning as a potent attacking unit, with ten goals from three games.

Let’s take a look at the five players who have lost out so far under Mourinho:

Giovani Lo Celso –

Under Mauricio Pochettino in his final weeks, Lo Celso had managed to work his way into the starting line-up, playing against both Red Star Belgrade and Sheffield United from the start. It looked as if he was finally bedding into the first-team, but that has been halted somewhat by Mourinho’s arrival. Lo Celso has only been named on the bench so far, and Eriksen was given the nod to change the game against Olympiacos. Looks to be back to the drawing board for Lo Celso as he looked to impress another manager.

Ryan Sessegnon –

Much like Lo Celso, Sessegnon had just started to break onto the bench and earn some cameos in a Spurs shirt in Poch’s final weeks. However, he has yet to appear on the bench under Mourinho in the Premier League and was an unused sub in the game against Olympiacos.

Juan Foyth – 

It looked as if Poch was going to give Foyth a chance to impress at right-back towards the end of his reign, but that has changed since the arrival of Mourinho. Aurier has performed admirably and the Special One seems keen on a Sanchez-Alderweireld partnership, leaving little room for Foyth.

Kyle Walker-Peters –

Frozen out by Pochettino, Walker-Peters would have been hoping for some game time under Mourinho with Serge Aurier out of form when the Special One arrived. However, with Serge now excelling, it doesn’t look like Walker-Peters will get much of a sniff. He also wasn’t mentioned as a potential left-back cover, despite playing there in the past.

Oliver Skipp – 

Yet to even feature on the bench under Mourinho, Skipp was a favourite of Pochettino’s. However, he barely featured for the Argentine towards the end of his time in North London. With Dier jumping to the head of the queue in terms of central midfielders, Skipp may have slipped back into the academy pack.

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