After seeing a couple of their club’s academy talents make their debuts against Wolfsberger in the Europa League on Wednesday night, a lot of Spurs fans no doubt are keeping an eye out for who could be the next break-out star.
Dane Scarlett of course is the name on everybody’s lips, after the 16-year-old helped set up Carlos Vinicius’ goal and had Jose Mourinho purring about he’s a “diamond” and a “kid with incredible potential”.
But while Scarlett appears set for a bright future, there may be another Spurs academy player who could make a more immediate impression on the first-team: Dennis Cirkin.
The 18-year-old has already caught the eye of his manager, who lauded him as someone with a “lot of quality” back in November 2019. And, given the position that he plays, Mourinho should seriously consider bringing him permanently into the first-team fold.
Left-back is an area that Spurs thought they had finally found a long-term solution for last summer, after bringing in Sergio Reguilon. While the Spaniard has showcased his ability whenever he’s been on the pitch – Harry Kane will be the first to recognise that given the incredible crosses he regularly delivers – he has had his fair share of injury problems.
Meanwhile, Ben Davies just doesn’t seem to be the answer, with Spurs fans slamming him as recently as the Manchester City game earlier this month.
In Cirkin, Mourinho has someone who could give Davies a run for his money, and provide some better cover for Reguilon right now, as well as giving him some genuine competition in the future.
Writing for The Athletic back in September, Charlie Eccleshare revealed: “Stylistically, Cirkin fits the prototype for a modern full-back.
“He’s energetic (fit enough to look like he is gliding up and down the wing), positionally aware, and the owner of a powerful left foot that has helped him pick up goals and assists throughout the age groups at Spurs — including scoring twice in the Under-18 Premier League last season.”
As Spurs fans have seen throughout the years with Gareth Bale, and even in their most recent Premier League game against West Ham when he cannoned one off the crossbar, a player with a “powerful left foot” can be an absolute joy to watch.
And just like Bale in fact, Cirkin appears to be a natural left-back with all the attacking instincts and qualities of a winger, and perhaps down the line, could even transition into a player that plays further forward.
But for now, as Eccleshare says, Cirkin fits the bill as the modern full-back, and given Spurs’ problems in that position this season with Davies’ lack of consistent form and Reguilon’s injury struggles, he may be the academy prospect Mourinho should look to bring into the first-team fold.