Tottenham Hotspur youngster Cristian Ceballos has revealed he’s trying to leave the North London club permanently because he doesn’t feel he’s going to get a chance under Mauricio Pochettino.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been on loan with Arouca and told Marca that he’s looking for a way to leave Tottenham on a permanent basis.
“I’m waiting for January because I’m trying to leave due to a lack of first-team football,” said the Spaniard.
“I started well, but there are 26 of us in the squad and there are very few opportunities right now.”
“There are some great players here and a lot of depth in the squad.”
Ceballos clearly feels there are several ahead of him in the pecking order and seems to hold the belief that youngsters will struggle to get chances in the current setup at White Hart Lane.
However, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane are all good examples of younger players who have developed into important first team players having made the most of their chances when they’ve been given them.
Unfortunately for Ceballos, central midfield is one of the busiest areas of Pochettino’s current squad and the boss has to work hard to ensure that other younger players don’t feel as though they don’t have any prospects at Tottenham.
The Argentine needs to continue using younger players in rotation with his other stars to show that there are first team opportunities for youngsters in the youth ranks, and out on loan, if they work hard enough.
In this instance, Ceballos doesn’t seem to have done enough to force his way into Pochettino’s thinking and the club have already adjusted with a midfield full of sustainable players over a long period.
On the one hand, Pochettino will be worried that other young players may feel and think the same and on the other hand, he’ll be happy with the current shape and direction his midfield is heading.