It may just be pre-season, but one Tottenham player who is already staking a claim to be someone to keep a close eye on for this upcoming campaign, is Dennis Cirkin.
The 18-year-old was the subject of high praise from Jose Mourinho earlier in 2020, with the Portuguese man hailing the youngster as a “kid with a lot of quality“.
Whilst he may not have played a first-team game for Spurs last season, he has already caught the eye in the build-up to the new campaign. Following his display against Ipswich last week, fans of the north London side took to Twitter to hail the academy product, with a couple of supporters admitting they realised why Mourinho rates him so highly.
The real question now is whether the Spurs boss is a big enough fan of his to throw him into the deep end when the Premier League gets underway next week.
But if Mourinho has any hesitations about doing so, then he might want to take a look, if slightly reluctantly, at Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal. The Gunners finished below the Lilywhites once again in the top-flight, but one of their emerging talents, Bukayo Saka has painted a brighter future for the club.
The left-back – just like Cirkin – took his opportunity with both hands early on in the season, before cementing himself as a regular in the first-team squad. In the end, Saka notched four goals and provided 11 assists across all competitions, eventually leading to his nomination for this year’s PFA Young Player of the Year award.
If Mourinho is willing and even brave enough to take a gamble on Cirkin, then he and Spurs could be richly rewarded. At the moment, Ben Davies is the starlet’s only real competition, especially with Danny Rose being so out-of-favour at the club that he was sent out on loan to Newcastle in the January transfer window.
Cirkin could save Spurs a whole load of money by turning into a star, and the only man who has the power to see if that can be the case, is Mourinho.