This could be Tottenham’s huge advantage in reported Godfred Donsah chase

Tottenham Hotspur's willingness to play young players could stand them in good stead if they ultimately move for Godfred Donsah.

According to well-respected Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester City are now challenging Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Godfred Donsah.

The 18-year-old defensive midfielder currently plays for Cagliari and has a contract at the club until the summer of 2020, but that has not stopped the rumours.

And yet while City are now said to be interested, Tottenham may hold a very big advantage – their continued willingness to give youth a chance.

This season that mind-set has benefited Spurs more than many would have envisaged, as young players Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Christian Eriksen have all helped the side on a run that could yet see them finish the campaign with a trophy or two.

With DeAndre Yedlin set to follow in their footsteps, and Harry Winks and Josh Onomah already incorporated into the first-team setup, it is clear Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes if you are good enough, you are old enough.

So while Donsah may ultimately have a decision to make if City and Tottenham do come knocking in the summer, a move to White Hart Lane would be the smart option at this stage of his career.

If he lives up to his potential, he would be given chances early on in North London, and a quick look at how many young players have been given a first-team chance at the Etihad in recent times tells its own story.

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