By Ameenu Shardow
Ex Real Madrid player Guti has lashed out at Jose Mourinho for preferring Michael Essien to youngsters in the side’s defensive crisis.
The Spanish champions have lost all of its natural left-full backs with injuries to Marcelo, Alvaro Abeloa and Fabio Contrao.
In their absence, the Ghana midfielder has been made to play a makeshift role to fill the void.
Essien was however far from convincing at left-back in Madrid’s Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
The 29-year-old was brought in on loan from Chelsea at the beginning of the campaign mainly due to his impeccable reputation as a versatile material.
But Guti is vehemently opposed to Essien’s usage from his preferred midfield role.
According to the 35-year-old, the club’s youngsters in the academy should be given more first team opportunities especially during a time of crisis like the prevailing situation at Real.
“It sends out a bad message, when you are there in the subsidiary ready to help the first team and you are not chosen,” he said.
“Essien is a player who gives everything and Mourinho knows him well. I take my hat off to him, but it is not his position.
“Objections should be raised not with the player, but with the coach for putting him there.”
Guti fears the continued first team snub of the youngsters coming through from the Real academy could see the side lose severalof its budding quality talents to their other European rivals.
“If there was a coach committed to the youth team players they wouldn’t leave, but the fact is they are leaving, like Juan Mata who is now at Chelsea,” he adds.
“I feel more sadness than anger. A team like Real needs the identity of bringing great players, but they should also have a base of youth players.”
Essien could however be restored to the midfield for Sunday’s game at Real Mallorca following an injury picked uo by Sami Khedira in that midweek defeat to Dortmund.