Jose Mourinho has given an honest assessment of Troy Parrott and believes the youngster is not yet ‘ready’ for a regular game time at Tottenham.
The Republic of Ireland international is amongst Spurs‘ brightest prospects having starred for the club’s various youth teams, the rising star having also made two senior appearances for the north London side so far this season.
Harry Kane’s extended period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury has led to a clamour for the teenager’s inclusion among the Spurs faithful, though Mourinho has already stated that it is ‘too soon’ for Parrott despite the club’s lack of attacking alternatives.
Parrott, who does not turn 18 until next month, is the joint-leading scorer in this season’s UEFA Youth League with six goals, but despite his prolific goalscoring exploits, has not featured for the first-team since the turn of the new year.
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Ahead of the club’s clash with Norwich on Wednesday evening, Mourinho has now admitted that he has spoken at length with the academy prospect, explaining to the media as to why he is not yet ‘ready’ for regular first-team inclusion.
“I’m ready to answer you because I had a long conversation with him today, so I’m ready to share with you a little bit,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.
“I think he has potential. I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably Tanganga had. One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.
“Ok in Tanganga’s case it was three years without a Premier League match, but it was three years of working and playing, playing in his age groups, playing in England national team [youth games], which also gave him some experience. Then with me, it was just the last part of his preparation before he had his first opportunity.
“I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes, he can have minutes. I’m not saying he’s not able to have minutes, but to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don’t think he’s ready at all.”
Spurs have been linked with a number of strikers in the January transfer window, including AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek and PSG’s Edinson Cavani.