Unlike previous reigns elsewhere, it appears youth may genuinely get a chance under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur.
In the Europa League last month, the ‘Special One’ granted 16-year-old striker Dane Scarlett some game time off the bench and as a result, he became Spurs’ youngest-ever player to feature in a competitive fixture.
So, who else might be in line for first-team stardom one day?
Given the dubious future of Serge Aurier in north London – we’ve previously claimed that he’s still worth selling despite an upturn in form, as you can read here – though, he could be in line for a new contract.
Perhaps it’s better off knowing that the club are well-equipped to section that exit as Jubril Okedina continues to impress for the U23s.
Earlier this week, the 20-year-old defender opened the scoring against Chelsea’s academy in a fiery affair in which Wayne Burnett’s side eventually lost 3-2.
The club’s official website describes the versatile sensation as a “strong and technical centre-half” capable of producing strong displays on the right flank.
Whilst fansite SuperHotspur claim: “Okedina’s best defensive attributes include being good in the air, possessing good pace, remaining defensively disciplined and also steady, with him usually making well-timed challenges and rarely making rash decisions.”
This sounds an awful lot like Kyle Walker, who as we’ve seen at Manchester City has the ability to play centrally in a back three, but as this isn’t often the formation that Mourinho turns to, his future may well lie on the right.
In one game against Leicester’s U23 side, Okedina managed to get on the scoresheet and displayed that wing-back ability when overlapping Maurizio Pochettino to really cause havoc to the young Foxes defence.
He should be an instant hit with supporters too as he once confessed to his Instagram page that Harry Kane was the “best striker in the world.”
As a player that has captained the U23 within a year of being promoted to the side, he ought to be given a crack in the senior set-up.
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