Jose Mourinho happy to see Tottenham players worry about competition for places

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is revelling in how his players are worried about their place in the team.

Mourinho has praised chairman Daniel Levy for helping him to assemble a Spurs squad that has significant strength in depth.

They brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and Joe Rodon during the summer, which brings fierce competition for places.

Mourinho now has a selection headache for the game against West Ham on Sunday.

Sergio Reguilon is among the players receuited by Tottenham
Sergio Reguilon is among the players receuited by Tottenham

“I can feel in the players these feelings that I love, which is that they are happy but they are worried,” he said.

“They are happy that the squad is good, they are happy to see players coming in and making the squad better but at the same time they are worried about themselves.

“This is the kind of feeling you have in the top teams and we are having that now.”

Spurs, who have scored 13 goals in their last two games, have an embarrassment of riches in the attacking third, with Bale and Vinicius to come into the fray.

Mourinho says it is among his best ever.

“With the number of players, yes,” he said. “Of course I had incredible attacking forces. I remember my first season in Inter, not the season we won the treble, the strikers were (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, Adriano and Hernan Crespo and I had these in more than one club.

Harry Kane is set to start for Tottenham on Sunday
Harry Kane is set to start for Tottenham on Sunday

“Looking just at the attacking three positions, (Harry) Kane and Vinicius, Son (Heung-min), (Steven) Bergwijn, (Erik) Lamela, Lucas (Moura) and maybe I forgot somebody.

“Especially in these three attacking positions it is top quality and great numbers.”

Mourinho was finally able to bring in a striker to help share the workload with Harry Kane and Vinicius, a loan signing from Benfica, will start on the bench against the Hammers.

“He can play. Of course, it’s never easy to come from a different country with different football,” Mourinho said.

“It’s never easy when you don’t speak the language but incredible support and friendship immediately from some of the guys. Lucas, he immediately took care of him, of course the communication with us the staff helps.

“He needs to adapt to the intensity of this work, the intensity of this football, but yes, ready to play.

“So, if you want to know, I can tell you that Harry Kane starts and Vinicius will be on the bench for Sunday.”