Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert has insisted Cameron Borthwick-Jackson must fight for his place this season.
The 20-year-old, who arrived at the Championship side on loan over the summer, hasn’t made an appearance since early November when Lambert took over as manager.
It was reported last month that Mourinho, clearly frustrated with Borthwick-Jackson’s lack of game time, was prepared to recall the Englishman from his loan spell.
But according to Lambert, Borthwick-Jackson will have to remain at Wolverhampton and fight for his place in the starting XI over the next few months.
“Cameron has always been part of the plans but Doherty has been playing extremely well,” Lambert said.
“And Doherty’s consistent. Cameron, like everyone else, has got to fight his way in the side.
“I’ve had a chat with him, there are no issues at all. He knows himself he has to compete with Doc, plus Saville’s gone in there and done a great job when called upon.
“It’s like anything, you have to fight to get in. Matt is consistent, robust and plays to a high standard. I’ve got a lot of lads that want to play.”
The whole point of a loan spell, especially for youngsters, is to enjoy as much game time as possible, to absorb all you can from playing regularly and returning as a more rounded talent.
Borthwick-Jackson’s time at Wolves, however, threatens to serve as more of a detriment than an advantage. His talent at full-back, as demonstrated by a number of stellar performances last season, is unquestionable, and supporters won’t want to see that verve slip away this season.