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Tottenham academy boss Chris Powell praised José Mourinho’s approach to the young people at the club and revealed his own pride when they entered the first team.
Mourinho’s appointment was not universally welcome but he has led the Spurs to top of the Premier League table. The Portuguese tactician has also been a regular visitor to the club’s youth games since he arrived.
He brought in the young trio Alfie Whiteman, Harvey White and Dane Scarlett in a 4-0 Europa League win over Ludogorets. Whether any are used in the league remains to be seen, but everyone got a glimpse of the big moment.
Powell He insists he is not surprised, as the former Chelsea boss leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of excellence.
“I’m on the side of the academy, but we see the boss, he comes to watch the games, he’s very nice and smart,” he told the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Utilita.
“He’s very interested in what we’re doing at the academy and I’m sure people have seen recently that he gave three academy guys their debut, they all entered a Europa League match at the same time so that was a A very proud moment for all the coaches and staff who have helped those players. “
Powell takes aim at the new Kane
Powell enjoyed a successful playing career, playing 217 games for Charlton Athletic, the majority in the Premier League. He was also in West Ham, Watford, Leicester City and Derby County while winning five games for England.
The Londoner has directed Charlton, Huddersfield Town and Southend and has also acted as a caretaker in Leicester and Derby. But he is now in North London, helping bring in Tottenham’s next group of stars.
The 51-year-old’s job is to help develop and find youth loan clubs if they need playtime. And he hopes to discover some real gems that can emulate the current stars of the first team.
“Obviously I have been a manager and assistant manager. But now I’m in a new role where I’m trying to help young players forge careers in the game. I want to try to borrow them and develop them, “he added.
“The best example of that is Harry Kane, he went out and made loans to find his feet here before making a name for himself, Harry Winks is the same.”
Spurs are next in action on Sunday when they welcome Arsenal for the North London derby.
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