Tottenham have confirmed that teenage midfielder Jamie Bowden has committed his future to the club until 2023.
The Daily Mail reported that the 18-year-old has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Spurs, adding that the club’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino was a big admirer of the former England underage international.
Despite the Argentine being dismissed by the club earlier this month, the youngster is set to continue his development at Tottenham under new manager Jose Mourinho.
According to the Daily Mail, Bowden is “a deep-lying anchorman with an expansive passing range who has been likened to Michael Carrick”.
He has yet to play a senior competitive game for Tottenham but he did feature in a pre-season friendly against Girona in August 2018 and travelled with the first team squad for their Champions League trip to Manchester City last April and their pre-season Asian tour during the summer (as per Daily Mail).
The defensive midfielder has captained Spurs’ under-19 side in each of their UEFA Youth League games this season and has also featured regularly for the reserves in Premier League 2. [via TransferMarkt]
Bowden will have seen other young midfielders at the club graduating to the first team over the last couple of years.
Oliver Skipp has made four senior appearances this season and 16 so far for Tottenham since his debut against West Ham in October 2018, while Harry Winks has played 117 times for the first team since debuting in August 2016, starting in the Champions League final six months ago as well as in 10 of Spurs’ first 13 Premier League games this season.
However, Pochettino’s departure and Mourinho’s subsequent arrival could have an effect on Bowden’s chances of getting a senior debut this season.
Mourinho was not always inclined to give youth its fling at Manchester United, with academy graduate Marcus Rashford making just 17 starts under the current Spurs boss in 2017/18 compared to 13 already this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (as per WhoScored).
Mourinho was also publicly critical of the striker in his time at Old Trafford, castigating him for not completing a proper warm-down after a Champions League game last season, as per the Daily Mail.
Tottenham clearly have plenty of faith in Bowden judging by the length of the new deal offered to him, although the departure of a manager in Pochettino who had reportedly rated him so highly could be a setback to his prospects of a first team debut this season.
If Mourinho continually overlooks teenage players in his first few months at the club, Bowden may be best served by spending time on loan in order to gain senior experience.
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