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Seven Spurs stars with a point to prove to Mourinho as they return to training

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Training in the sunshine this week there was plenty of effort and smiles as the Tottenham Hotspur players got back to work in small groups.

For some though at Hotspur Way there will be an added spring to their step as they look to prove a point to head coach Jose Mourinho.

The players have been put through a series of drills on their return to the Enfield-based training complex.

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The Portuguese and his coaches have been watching closely to see how fit the Spurs stars are after more than two months without football.

The players have been training virtually in their homes but now Mourinho can see how sharp they look in the flesh with a ball at their feet.

With the Premier League currently aiming to return next month, some of the players will not only be looking to get themselves into contention for the remaining nine matches but getting themselves into Mourinho's thoughts for next season.

Some will be responding to public criticism or doubts from the Spurs boss and will be looking to prove a point.

Here are seven Tottenham players we believe will be looking to catch Mourinho's eye as they return to training.

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Tanguy Ndombele

football.london understands that Mourinho has been impressed with Ndombele's work during lockdown and his attempts to improve his fitness.

The duo shared that albeit misguided outdoor training session last month as Mourinho looked to connect with the Frenchman.

Spurs have made it clear that their club record signing is not for sale or available for loan and he will now be looking to further impress the head coach and show that he can handle his demands.

Ndombele was certainly working up a sweat in training this week even if it might have been mostly due to his decision to wear a beanie hat in the heat.

Troy Parrott

Troy Parrott

Like Ndombele, the 18-year-old has had his public knockbacks from Mourinho this season.

The Portuguese made it very clear that he felt Parrott is not yet ready for prolonged Premier League exposure.

The young Ireland international has returned to training with the first team squad and lockdown would have provided him with more time to bulk up with weight lifting and prepare his body for the rigours of the English top flight.

He has returned to training looking slightly different and clean shaven and ready to impress.

Plenty of clubs want to take Parrott on loan next season, especially if Tottenham do sign a new striker as expected, but the teenager will want to convince Mourinho that he deserves more opportunities in a Spurs shirt.

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Juan Foyth

Foyth's future at Tottenham remains unclear having pretty much dropped out of contention since being hauled off at half-time at Norwich.

The 22-year-old Argentina international will be looking in the weeks ahead to prove to Mourinho that he's a project worth seeing through.

The Portuguese had been impressed with his display out in Munich and Foyth boasts versatility and skill aplenty.

Now he needs to convince Mourinho that he can be trusted to cut out the silly mistakes in possession otherwise the exit door beckons.

Oliver Skipp in training

Oliver Skipp

Another player who was taken off at half-time before the football shutdown.

Skipp was taken off with Ndombele at Burnley, having shone against Norwich over 120 minutes in the FA Cup just days before.

Mourinho has already admitted he has high hopes for the teenage midfielder and there is a feeling within the club that he could become the Portuguese's next Scott McTominay-style project.

However, the arrival of Gedson Fernandes in January means more competition for the England U21 international and he will have to prove he's deserving of more minutes.

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Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen's situation is a strange one. In normal circumstances, the Belgian would likely be heading towards the exit door with no new contract agreed.

However, this is no normal time and clubs like Spurs might decide that its cheaper to retain current players than find transfer funds to replace them.

Free agents like Vertonghen will hold all the cards this summer with clubs struggling financially.

In the weeks ahead he can prove he can still be one of the Premier League's best at 33 or he can get himself fit for his next move.

Davinson Sanchez back in training

Davinson Sanchez

The Colombian is in a strange situation at Spurs. He was the club record signing and had a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who believed he could be one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Now he has a manager in Mourinho who admitted his Manchester United team targeted Sanchez in the Europa League final as the weak link in the Ajax defence due to his technical ability or lack of.

Eric Dier declaring his future is in defence, the emergence of Japhet Tanganga and Toby Alderweireld signing a new deal and being a Mourinho favourite means Sanchez will have to fight for the head coach's affection in the weeks ahead.

If Mourinho can improve his ability with the ball then Sanchez offers the most complete option in defence with pace and strength, but he will have to earn his spot with the way he responds to the Portuguese.

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Ryan Sessegnon

The left-back spot is up for grabs next season. Ben Davies will hold it for now and is a solid, versatile and reliable player in the Spurs squad.

However, Sessegnon has the potential to be a top left-back, Mourinho admitting to football.london that he sees similar traits to Ashley Cole.

However the Spurs boss also believes the teenager is not yet ready to play there regularly.

That is the point Sessegnon must disprove and like Parrott he will have doing plenty of strength work during the football shutdown to make himself stronger as a defender.




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