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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho could snub the club’s young players, despite his promise to put emphasis on youth.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has been criticised for failing to hand minutes to youngsters throughout his managerial career, and Alan Hutton can see that trend being continued.

Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott and Kyle Walker-Peters were all introduced into the first-team during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, with Ryan Sessegnon having struggled with a hamstring injury since joining from Fulham.

Ex-Scotland international Hutton hopes that Mourinho will significantly change his ways, and focus more on youth rather than experience.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think people will be more nervous about their positions more than anything.

“He’s got a track record of spending a lot of money.

“If I was a young boy and I was sitting there thinking: ‘Am I going to get my chance?’ I’m not so sure.

“I think if you look at his track record, off the top of my memory I can’t remember him bringing too many players through.

“He’s a guy that goes into a job, has two, three years to win stuff, but he wants it instantly.

“I would be worried if I was a young player breaking through thinking this is my year.

“It might not happen as quick as they may be thinking.”

Mourinho aimed a subtle dig at some of his former clubs in his introductory interview with his new side, which suggested that his failure to regularly use young players wasn’t down to him.

Speaking to Spurs TV, he said: “There is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop – not one.

“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players.

“So I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving talents the first team need.

“Of course I always look forward to working with that profile.”



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