Why Mourinho has no choice but to turn to his youngsters

Ryan Sessegnon
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Tottenham Hotspur are now without a win in their last four Premier League matches, with the absences of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele having hit the club hard at the beginning of the year. Spurs are now eight points off the top four, and with matches in the top-flight, FA Cup and Champions League coming up, manager Jose Mourinho will be forced to use the entirety of his playing squad, including some of the youngsters which have shown promise under the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss.

A goalless draw at Watford demonstrated where Spurs’ struggles lie, with the likes of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela generally failing to make an impact in the absence of the prolific Kane. Mourinho has given game time to the likes of Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon in recent weeks, with Tanganga already showing good signs, especially in terms of his versatility. However, the likes of Oliver Skipp, Dennis Cirkin and Juan Foyth must also potentially step up to the plate during the remainder of the campaign, while Kyle Walker-Peters could well depart the club before the closure of the January transfer window.

Sessegnon has had to make the leap from a relegated club to a team with high expectations, with the 19-year-old having made a number of starts under Mourinho, having made a relatively low-key start to life in North London following his summer move from Fulham. Mourinho has the likes of Danny Rose, Son Heung-min and Lamela available to him on the left side of the pitch, however Sessegnon is almost certain to gain valuable game time over the coming weeks, when Spurs take on the likes of Southampton, Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Chelsea, matches which could well define their season.

Given their performances under both Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho so far this season, it comes as little surprise that the best football betting sites in the UK predict spurs will finish in the 6th place come the end of the campaign, with their odds of finishing inside the top 4 having drifted to 6/1. With that being said, fans in North London will perhaps see the coming months as the perfect opportunity to blood some of the clubs most promising youngsters.

Mourinho has already questioned the fitness levels and motivation of record signing Ndombele, while the news that Harry Kane would be out until around April coming at the worst possible time. The likes of Krzysztof Piatek and FC Porto’s Ze Luis have been linked with short-term deals, however it remains to be seen as to whether any further signings will be made. If they are not, Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott is another player who could come into the equation, with the 17-year-old still searching for his first senior goal.

Whatever happens over the coming weeks, Tottenham are a side going through something of a transition, with Christian Eriksen set to depart after 7 years, while Mourinho continues to try and make an impact.


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