Jose Mourinho has insisted, in comments reported by Football London, that Troy Parrott is not ready to fill the void left by Son Heung-min, while he also suggested that Ryan Sessegnon will not come in for the Tottenham Hotspur forward either.
Spurs have suffered another significant injury setback. The club confirmed on their official website that Son will undergo surgery on an arm injury sustained during the win over Aston Villa.
Football London reports that there are fears that the South Korean could miss the rest of the season. And with Harry Kane sidelined, that leaves Spurs with a major issue to contend with.
Some Tottenham fans may have initially hoped that the disappointment would clear a path for Parrott to get a chance. But Mourinho has played down the idea of the Republic of Ireland international coming in – while he also suggested that a change of role for Sessegnon was unlikely.
“My thoughts are that Troy Parrott is not ready and Ryan Sessegnon is not a striker,” he said, as reported by Football London.
TBR View – Spurs can cope without pushing Parrott
Spurs do arguably have options capable of moving forward into that role. Lucas Moura will surely be the obvious man to lead the line.
But perhaps the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela could also be involved in the coming months.
It may be a sensible move to hold Parrott back. Spurs have plenty to play for this season. And while expectations will not be as high without Kane or Son, it is still asking a lot of the 18-year-old to step up.
It could still prove to be an important period in Parrott’s career. But perhaps Mourinho is going to be vindicated by taking a cautious approach with the teenager’s development.