The head coach of Tottenham’s academy Chris Powell has admitted that Jose Mourinho takes a real interest in what goes on in the club’s academy and is always looking to unearth future first-team stars.

Since arriving at Tottenham a little over a year ago, Mourinho has shown that he is not shy of giving opportunities to youngsters who have come through the ranks at the club.

The Portuguese coach handed Japhet Tanganga and Malachi Fagan-Walcott their first-team debuts last season while giving Troy Parrott his Premier League bow.

Oliver Skipp also got plenty of game time under his belt and penned a new four-year contract at the club before joining Norwich City on season-loan in the summer.

Despite the strength and depth Tottenham have enjoyed this season, the Portuguese has once again looked to give youngsters opportunities in the Europa League, with the likes of Jack Clarke, Harvey White, Alfie Whiteman and Dane Scarlett all making their first appearances in the competition.

Speaking about Mourinho’s interaction with the academy set up, Powell told The Daily Mail: “I’m on the academy side but we do see the boss, he does come and watch the games, he’s very personable and clever.

“He takes a real interest in what we’re doing in the academy and I’m sure people have seen recently he gave three academy boys their debuts, they all came on at the same time in a Europa League game, so that was a very proud moment for all the coaches and staff who have helped those players.”

The Spurs academy boss also admitted that the youngsters coming through at Spurs have great examples to look up to in Harry Kane and Harry Winks.

He added: “Obviously I’ve managed and been an assistant manager but I’m in a new role now where I’m trying to help young players forge careers in the game, to try and get them out on loan and develop.

“The best example of that is Harry Kane, he went out and did loans to find his feet here before making his name, Harry Winks is the same.”


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