Alan Hutton has admitted he fears for the future of young players at Tottenham after seeing Jose Mourinho appointed as manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender says the Portuguese boss does not have a reputation of developing promising talent and suggests the next generation should be worried about their futures.
Tottenham confirmed on Wednesday morning that they had replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who left his role on Tuesday evening, with the former Manchester United and Chelsea man after a disappointing start to the 2019/20 campaign.
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Hutton says that the appointment could be bad news for younger players at Tottenham, pointing to Mourinho’s record of recruiting ready-made talent rather than nurturing promising talent in previous jobs.
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 so 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.”
Tottenham have seen the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga feature this season, all four youngsters playing in the League Cup defeat to Colchester United.
The Lilywhites’ next game sees them take on fellow Londoners West Ham, the Irons also struggling for form after a bright start to the campaign.
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