Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he held talks with the club’s rising talent Troy Parrott on Monday.
The 17-year-old is a highly-rated striker from the Spurs academy and he’s made two senior appearances for the North London club.
But there is often an outcry from supporters for the teenager to get more of a look-in, especially now that talisman Harry Kane is absent from the attack at least until April through injury.
Parrott has been a goal machine at youth level and is waiting to make the transition up to the first-team, but there is a lot of hype around someone who doesn’t turn 18 until February.
Mourinho has claimed in his press conference that he’s sat down with the Irish centre-forward for discussions and has stated for now he’s not quite ready.
“I had a long conversation with him today so I am ready to share with you think he has potential. I think he has to work very hard. Can he have minutes? Yes, but to put pressure on his shoulders in this time I don’t think he’s ready,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
With Kane sidelined for the foreseeable future, it wouldn’t be right to expect Parrott to step into his shoes considering he’s had such a brief experience of senior action.
He does have to be slowly integrated into the main group and it’s encouraging at least that Mourinho has sat down for personal talks with him.
There is a colossal jump up from scoring goals at youth level to in the Premier League and Parrott should be hoping he gets some minutes in the FA Cup fourth round against Southampton at the weekend.