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“That is a different thing” – Mourinho reveals the pressures faced by Tottenham’s budding youngsters

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Jose Mourinho reveals the pressures faced by Tottenham Hotspur youth stars

A number of Tottenham Hotspur youth stars have been sued by Jose Mourinho since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino last year.

While some such as Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp have thrived, others such as Troy Parrott will have to wait a while longer to leave their mark.

Such decisions are a part and parcel of being a successful manager, which Mourinho is. Speaking to David Beckham in a short video to promote health and wellbeing in a special series for AIA (h/t Football.London), the Spurs boss opened up on the mental side of bringing through players and when he knows if they’re ready or not.

“I think sometimes you have to delay a little bit but when they go, they go absolutely ready.”

Mourinho hinted that it is better to wait a while longer and ensure that the youngster is ready before throwing him onto the pitch.

Jose Mourinho hs talked about the pressures of being a Tottenham Hotspur youth player
Jose Mourinho had drawn flak for his treatment of Troy Parrott

The 57-year-old revealed it isn’t just the on-field performances that an upcoming player has to worry about. Equal emphasis has to be given to ensure that they are also ready to cope with the social pressure that comes with being in the spotlight.

“If you feel pressure because you want to be a normal kid when you are 20-25 years old and the world doesn’t let you that is a different thing.”

It is always a matter of pride to see a youth player making it big at a club. We have a number of starlets ready to make the step up and hopefully, they will make it big in the years to come.

Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham
Japhet Tanganga has enjoyed a breakout season under Jose Mourinho

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Mourinho did draw flak when he revealed that Parrott was not yet ready to serve as a suitable replacement for the injured Harry Kane. It appears there is much more to it than meets the eye. One of the most successful managers in the world, it will do well for us to keep faith in the Portuguese.

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