Mauricio Pochettino plans to hand starting berths to three Tottenham teenagers over the course of the season regardless of the club’s transfer activity in January, according to Football Insider.
Spurs failed to offload a number of ageing and unwanted players in the summer despite Pochettino calling for a “painful” rebuild. As a result, the Londoners could look to sell the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen in January, though once again it may prove difficult.
In any case, Football Insider claims Pochettino is plotting the introduction of three teenagers as he looks to freshen up his team and phase out the players mentioned above. Those young stars are centre-back Japhet Tanganga, central midfielder Oliver Skipp and centre-forward Troy Parrott.
Skipp has been given minutes here and there since last season, while Tanganga and Parrott both impressed during Tottenham’s pre-season campaign. Parrott is especially highly-rated, recently earning a call-up to the senior Republic of Ireland national team at just 17.
Tanganga is perhaps the most likely to profit as Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen face uncertain futures. The Belgians have been rotated of late, with Davinson Sanchez seemingly emerging as Pochettino’s first-choice centre-back.
Parrott and Skipp facer fiercer competition for their places in the team, but it will be interesting to see if Pochettino puts faith in the duo.