Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has raved about Dennis Cirkin to Football.London.
Mourinho has said that he likes the 18-year-old very much, and that the teenager – who has yet to play for the Spurs first team – works hard.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager made the comments about the left-back following Tottenham’s 1-0 win against Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Monday evening.
The Portuguese made the comments about the teenage left-back when asked why Ryan Sessegnon was not in the team for the game against the Toffees.
Mourinho told Football.London when asked if Sessegnon is injured: “No, not injury. He’s working with us for a couple of weeks but I thought you’d ask me why Dennis Cirkin, 18-years-old. is on the bench. It’s a very positive thing. I like Dennis very, very much, he works really hard.
“To have the opportunity of so many players on bench is very nice and for him to feel like he is an option, like Harvey White was on the bench against Manchester United and Skipp on the bench almost every match. I think it’s also important for the young guys.”
Mourinho’s comments about Cirkin will be hugely encouraging for the youngster, as they underline just how much faith he has in him.
Of course, Cirkin is still developing and progressing as a footballer, and it will take him a while to establish himself in the Spurs first team.
However, the left-back can take heart from the fact that he is rated highly by his Tottenham head coach, who is one of the best managers in the world.
Meanwhile, Sessegnon, who can operate as a left-back or a left-winger, has played six times in the Premier League and thrice in the Champions League for Spurs so far this season, according to WhoScored.