Who is Nile John? Everything you need to know about the Tottenham Hotspur youngster
Who is Nile John? Everything you need to know about the Tottenham Hotspur youngster who made his professional debut in the Europa League.
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- Jose Mourinho raised the eyebrows of Spurs’ faithful by giving youngster Nile John the chance to make his Tottenham debut on Thursday
- The 17-year-old England U-17 international came on in as a 2nd half substitute during his side’s 4-0 victory over Wolfsberger
- He has been with the North London outfit since joining their academy as a seven-year old in 2010
Jose Mourinho has been under criticism for anything and everything during his time as Tottenham manager, but one thing the Portuguese has been good for is giving Spurs’ youngsters the chance to shine for the senior side.
The former Chelsea manager provided proof of that claim by giving Nile John, the 17-year-old Spurs’ academy graduate, the opportunity to make his debut for the club he’s been associated with since the age of seven against Wolfsberger on Thursday.
Sure, Spurs had nothing to lose by subbing in the 17-year-old – they were already leading the 2nd leg by four goals to nil. Still, the fact that John got the nod from his manager shows how highly one of the best coaches the world has ever seen rates the England U-17 international.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nile John:
1. He’s been with the club since the age of seven
One of the reasons why Spurs’ fans might appreciate what John has to offer is that he’s Tottenham through and through. The 17-year-old has played his football exclusively for the North London outfit since joining their academy as a 7-year-old in 2010.
Mourinho mentioned the fact in his post-match press conference on Thursday. The under-fire Spurs boss also took his time to praise the ‘fantastic’ debutant.
2. He has the potential to become Mourinho’s favorite
Those of us who have closely followed the managerial career trajectory of Mourinho are aware of what the Portuguese looks for in his ideal midfielder. He has always been a fan of a versatile central player who can play anywhere in the midfield three.
That’s exactly what John is capable of offering. The 17-year-old is capable to bamboozle his opponents with a sharp turn of pace, and has the versatility to play anywhere in midfield, including both as a number ten as well as a defensive midfielder. He could those woo his manager with his talents.
3. He has broken down age barriers, at least thrice
When youngsters are given the chance to shine for the senior squad, focus turns from their tender age to what they are capable of offering the side, and rightly so. But one should still be able to take a moment to appreciate how big of an achievement it’s to make a debut at such a young age.
Despite being only 17 years of age, John has seen his name included in the Premier League 2 Under-23s on at least three occasions this season. That shows he has what it takes to defy his young age and become an important squad member of this Spurs’ side.