Friday 30 September 2016

Here is why Jose Mourinho's 49 player 'list' highlighting his youth policy is very misleading

James Ducker

Published 06/07/2016 | 14:55

Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Chelsea gives some last minute instructions to Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea before he comes on as substitute (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Chelsea gives some last minute instructions to Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea before he comes on as substitute (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho may have dismissed criticism of his record on promoting youth as “one lie repeated many times” on Monday, but the Manchester United manager’s list of young players he “promoted to the first team from academies” does not stand up to much scrutiny.

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Of the 49 players cited at Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, almost half of them – 23 – made just one appearance under Mourinho with another 10 playing only two games for the Portuguese.

That means that 67% of the players on Mourinho's vaunted list played made just two appearances or less for the Special One.

Most were packed off on loan or sold soon after making their debut.

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Just 14 of the players listed made more than five appearances under Mourinho, who bristled at suggestions he does not give enough opportunity to youngsters.

“Some of them are big names, they are today Champions League winners or in the Euros, playing for national teams and 49 is a lot,” he said. “So once more, one lie repeated many times, sometimes it looks like it’s true but it will be always a lie.”

While the figure of 49 is technically accurate, it paints a misleading picture as to how many youth players developed into fully-fledged professionals under Mourinho.

Here is the list of players in full:

Benfica            

Diogo Luis

Geraldo Alves

Uniao de Leiria  

Nuno  Laranjeiro

Joao Paulo Andrade

Porto                    

Carlos Alberto

Bruno Morais

Pedro Oliveira

Reinaldo

Joca

Hugo Luz

Chelsea

Sam Hutchinson

Jimmy Smith

Michael Woods

Anthony Grant

Ben Sahar

Steven Watt

Lenny Pidgeley

Inter Milan

Davide Santon

Alen Stevanovic

Mario Balotelli

Luca Caldirola

Giulio Donati

Rene Krhin

Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata

Casemiro

Nacho

Jese

Joselu

Tomas Mejias

Omar Mascarell

Fabinho

Pedro Mendes

Jose Rodriguez

Denis Cherishev

Sarabia

Juan Carlos

Diego Lorente

Alex Fernandez

David Mateos

Jesus Fernando Collado

Antonio Adan

Fernando Pacheco Flores

Jorge Casado

Chelsea (second spell)

Lewis Baker

Dominic Solanke

John Swift

Ruben Loftus Cheek

Andreas Cristensen

Bertrand Traore

Telegraph.co.uk

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