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Ireland boss hails Troy Parrott’s ‘great attiude’ one month after Jose Mourinho questioned it

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Ireland boss hails Troy Parrott’s ‘great attiude’ one month after Jose Mourinho questioned it

The Irishman has been struggling for first-team football at Tottenham despite injury problems in attack.

Tottenham Hotspur fans have been wanting to see more and more of talented Irish forward Tory Parrott this season. 

The attacker has been scoring goals for fun with both Tottenham and Republic of Ireland’s youth teams. 

With both Harry Kane and Heung-min Son suffering with injuries, Tottenham fans felt that Jose Mourinho had the perfect opportunity to give Parrott a chance. 

However, the Portuguese has seemingly held off on the teenager. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

It soon became clear that Mourinho has not been impressed by Parrott’s attitude. As the Spurs boss was quoted by Football.London, Parrott has seemingly taken his foot off the boil since promotion to senior football. 


“I was worried about attitude. What he can do. The way the other kids look at him. He has to go there and to show his attitude and professionalism and how privileged he is.

“He cannot go there with discontent – contempt. Everything is part. Also the way he trains with us. It is a process. He is a privileged boy, he is being taken very good care of in the club.”


But that is not a sentiment shared by his international boss. 

 

Stephen Kenny has been playing Parrott with the Ireland under-21s and has him in mind for a continued run in the senior team now he has taken over from Mick McCarthy. 

Speaking to Off The Ball this month, Kenny made it clear that Parrott’s attitude with the national team has always been exemplary. 


“For me, Troy Parrott has only played four games, he’s scored four goals, and I haven’t even played him up front yet!

“He’s played off the left or as a number 10 and he’s just a very instinctive, natural goal-scorer, an interesting player with a great attitude.”


The decision not to give Parrott a first-team chance for Tottenham will likely be redundant if the Premier League season is finished after its current postponement. 

Both Son and Kane could be fit and Tottenham will have no need to turn to Parrott. 

But his ‘attitude’ issues may continue to be a talking point if he does not make his Tottenham breakthrough in 2020-21. 

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