Jose Mourinho reckons that it is ‘too soon’ for Tottenham prodigy Troy Parrott despite Harry Kane expected to spend a significant period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
England captain Kane limped off during the club’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day, the 26-year-old holding his hamstring as he left the field and is set to miss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round clash with Middlesbrough.
However, there is a growing fear at Spurs that Kane’s injury will see him miss a sustained period, with the club’s forward options minimal following Fernando Llorente’s summer departure.
Irish teenager Parrott is highly regarded within the North London side’s ranks and has impressed in this season’s UEFA Youth League, whilst Mourinho handed the 17-year-old his Premier League debut as a substitute during the 5-0 win over Burnley last month.
Despite the youngster’s precocious talents, Mourinho has suggested it is too early for the teenager to be thrust into the first-team spotlight and says Parrott must be given time to develop before he can be considered as a direct replacement for Kane.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on a potential inclusion for the Dubliner, Mourinho said: “I think too soon.
“I think one thing is potential and another thing is conditions to express potential and I think he needs time.
“Having minutes, being involved is one thing. Another thing is what you call the direct replacement. To be that he needs to work. There are many different processes of a player to develop.
“The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is the best for his development. In this club we care about our players. It is also to find the best pathway to develop.”