What you need to know about the young Tottenham star in the Europa League
Jose Mourinho has often been accused of not giving young people a chance throughout his managerial career, so much so that the Portuguese tactician once saw fit to list all the young people he had given a chance in his various configurations. in the first team.
Perhaps wishing to dismiss this suggestion even more, Mourinho has appointed 20-year-old Marcel Lavinier to Tottenham’s 25-man squad for the next knockout stages of the Europa League.
With Spurs desperate to regain their place in the Premier League’s top four, and having to meet their commitments in both domestic cup competitions, there is every chance that Mourinho will use all his available squad in the Europa League, which means that Lavinier has every chance of succeeding. an appearance.
With beginner potential on the horizon, 90 mins Answer the question; who is Marcel Lavinier?
Lavinier joined Chelsea’s youth academy at the age of seven, spending 12 years with the Blues and signing his first professional contract in 2018.
He picked up more than his fair share of silverware during his time at Chelsea, winning the Under-18 Premier League southern division and the domestic title, the FA Youth Cup. and the first Premier League Under-18 Cup in 2017/18.
However, despite his success, he was released from Chelsea in 2020 and put pen to paper at London rival Tottenham.
Lavinier was born in London and has been crowned by England at a number of youth levels including Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17.
However, he has dual citizenship with Portugal and his last international appearance came for their Under-18s.
He always has the option of which nation he would like to represent at a higher level, and there will likely be a battle for Lavinier’s services if he continues on his current upward trajectory.
Before any right back, one of Lavinier’s best assets is undoubtedly his pace.
The youngster has the energy and drive to influence both ends of the pitch, with his ability to beat a man with ease becoming a hallmark of his game.
During his time at Chelsea he recorded a number of assists and he didn’t take any time at all to settle into the Spurs youth setup. In a clash with Manchester United’s Under-23 team in November, he was tasked with scoring talented Shola Shoretire and he looked far from out of his depth.
While Lavinier’s unmistakable talent has undoubtedly caught Mourinho’s attention, his ability to fill in the gaps in many positions will likely have played a key role in the decision to include him in the Europa League squad.
While he is best suited for a right-back role, such is the strength, speed and intelligence of his game, the 20-year-old is known to replace left-back and center-back, while he has also been pushed into midfield on some occasions.
The term “utility man” does not even come close.
No matter what level you play, practice sessions are often an opportunity for players to play in the position they are in. want to play rather than in the position in which they Actually to play.
More often than not this results in the club’s most clumsy defender sticking up front and getting his back after attempting a 20-yard bike kick.
It is a little true of Lavinier – in a video uploaded to Instagram, the defender took the opportunity to stick to the front, but instead of being useless, well… watch it.