Some Tottenham fans have been left impressed with what they have seen of Dennis Cirkin during pre-season and believe that the youngster could play an important part for the first-team next season.
The 18-year-old featured in all Tottenham’s pre-season season friendlies and has certainly not looked out of place.
The Spurs academy graduate has looked defensively shrewd, while also displaying tremendous composure on the ball.
However, the teenager was at fault for Watford’s second goal in their 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s men on Saturday after he hauled down Tom Dele-Bashiru inside the box and gave away a spot-kick, which was dispatched by Andre Gray.
Reports indicate that Jose Mourinho rates Cirkin highly and is ready to use the youngster and Ryan Sessegnon as Ben Davies’ understudies next season, instead of entering the market for a new left-back (Football Insider).
While a few fans were concerned that Cirkin giving the penalty away at Vicarage Road was a sign that he might not be ready, many believed that the youngster was ready to be Davies’ main back up.
He’ll be first choice by the end of the season.
— Paul Harrington (@PaulHarrington4) September 5, 2020
Cirkin is very impressive
— archer (@archermonkeys) September 5, 2020
cirkin so going to be a crucial player for us in the years to come 🤩
— maisie ≅ (@maisierp_x) September 5, 2020
Cirkin can genuinely push Davies for that LB spot
— caleb 🐓 (@calebxthfc) September 5, 2020
So if Aurier stays we have cover at RB if he goes Tanganga covers ✅
If Rose stays we have cover at LB if he goes we can use cirkin or sess there ✅
If Foyth stays we have 4 decent CB if he goes we replace him ✅
Confident we sign a second striker ✅
— Richard Impellizzeri (@Trickyimpey84) September 5, 2020
Dennis Cirkin as LB this season
— BergwijnSZN (@Bergwijnning) September 5, 2020
Cirkin not quite as ready as people thought.
— Richard Holmes (@richolmestwit) September 5, 2020
Missed first 20 mins, but from what I saw that was pretty shit. 2nd week running where I thought Cirkin not ready for pl yet. We still need another lb imo. Cirkin should go on loan.
— Fraser (@fraser8814) September 5, 2020
Hart is not better than Gazzaniga. Cirkin is not ready to be our backup LB.
I'm going to be content with a top 6 next season by the looks of it.
— 𝗔𝗺𝗿𝗼 (@lnvertedWinger) September 5, 2020
Cirkin isn’t ready. Give him a season or so
— Jack BERGWIJN OUT (@totnumjack) September 5, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
Cirkin has shown plenty of promising signs during pre-season games but it is hard to read too much into it given the standard of the opposition. Against Watford, he showed the nativity one would expect of an 18-year-old by attempting that challenge from behind but I am sure it is something he will learn from.
The most exciting thing about Cirkin is that he seems tailor-made to play as a left-sided centre-back in a back three, rather than a marauding wing-back, which makes him an ideal fit for our system. Like Tanganga, the 18-year-old also seems to enjoy the art of defending and it is clear to see why Jose like him.
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