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Mourinho shows signs of emulating Pochettino as Spurs chase Ferguson

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson remains a transfer target of Tottenham according to The Sun, but he is now a very highly-sought-after youngster.

What’s the word?

With Spurs lacking personnel able to play at right-back it is no surprise that there has been plenty of talk linking them to such players since the end of the summer transfer window.

Ferguson was linked previously as Spurs were reportedly willing to table a £10m deal, but those links came when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge, a manager who built a reputation for providing opportunities to young players, with Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp just a handful of names who transitioned into the senior squad under his stewardship.

Mourinho is of contrast to that judging by his career so far, but news that the club is still scouting the Baggies’ player suggests Spurs’ new boss is looking to emulate his predecessor.

The 19-year-old could be available on a free to foreign clubs at the end of the season, and it is believed that is acting as a temptation for him, which means Spurs may be interested in getting a deal done in January.

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Change in approach?

Mourinho seems to have altered a lot about his management since arriving in north London, from his general demeanour and attitude to the way he treats his players, and so far it is paying dividends.

There is also evidence that young players could get a chance under him, too, with Troy Parrott, Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon all featuring against Burnley on Saturday.

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That shows a faith that the Portuguese hasn’t always had in youth, and Ferguson would fit well into those plans.

Serge Aurier is the regular right-back this season for the Lilywhites but he has come under criticism at times, and the lack of competition will be a concern if Spurs enter the latter stages of cup competitions, which will likely be high on Mourinho’s agenda.

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Ferguson has proved himself for West Brom this season and is progressing well as part of a team which is generally winning week in, week out.

He has a goal and an assist to his name but also averaged an impressive 2.3 tackles per game, and in learning from top quality players and a manager like Mourinho, he is bound to only get better.

Bringing in young players should encourage the fans, many of whom were delighted to see one of their own given a chance by Mourinho on Saturday.

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