At the end of this season, Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is going to be handed an interesting conundrum at left-back.
Summer signing Sergio Reguilon appears to be the first choice, for now, but that could soon change if Real Madrid trigger that buy-back clause – which is quite a possibility with Marcelo turning 33 before the summer.
Whilst his current back-up, Ben Davies, is under contract in north London until 2024.
You’ve also got promising young talent Ryan Sessegnon, who is enjoying a run of games at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim this season.
However, in the long-run, it should be Dennis Cirkin who gets the nod. In fact, he should be integrated over the struggling Welshman sooner rather than later to allow for a smooth transition should Reguilon return to Spain.
Mourinho is a massive, massive fan of the 18-year-old as he’s often let him train with the first team squad – upon signing a new contract last year, the Special One said: “OK, he’s 17, but he’s a kid with a lot of quality, and I look forward to bringing him to train with us, and to help his development.”
He has even hinted that Cirkin will be involved with the seniors full-time from next season.
The teenager has been capped at U16 and U17 level for England but is yet to feature for Spurs’ first-team despite being named on the bench in two of their three Europa League Group J matches thus far.
Cirkin is described as having “great engine on him” as well as “excellent technical ability on the ball” whilst he is a starlet that many fans in north London have called for as recently as pre-season.
One supporter called him the “real deal” and another compared him to Jan Vertonghen.
It’s still early days, of course, but all the signs are there for Mourinho to fast-track his progress in the near future. He’s certainly a young talent to keep an eye on.
Doing so could save Daniel Levy a lot of money going forward.
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