Former Premier League manager Alan Pardew is reportedly eyeing a move for Tottenham Hotspur starlet Troy Parrott.
According to The Daily Mail, the 58-year-old sees the Spurs teenager as a possible means of keeping his Den Haag side in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Pardew took over the club on Christmas Eve and has a contract until the end of the season.
He’s tasked with ensuring the club’s safety – at the moment, they are second-bottom on 16 points.
Pardew has started fairly brightly, winning his first three matches before being beaten 4-0 by Utrecht last week.
Apparently, Pardew wants Parrott – a full Republic of Ireland international – to join him in Holland and fire his side to safety.
Parrott has been prolific in the Spurs academy, and was handed his senior debut in the Carabao Cup by Mauricio Pochettino earlier this season.
Jose Mourinho then gave him his first Premier League outing against Burnley last month.
With Harry Kane out injured for most of the rest of the season, Mourinho has a decision to make over Parrott, although he did previously appear to ruled out a loan exit for the player (football.london).
It remains to be seen if the Portuguese will change his stance though, and let a man he’s previously called ‘a good friend’ (Express) oversee his immediate development.
TBR’s view – Spurs must get it right with Parrott
Tottenham have a special young player on their hands and must carefully analyse the options.
Parrott has been linked with a host a Championship clubs as well as Den Haag, and those options ought to be considered.
That said, Mourinho’s comments at the start of the month seem to suggest Parrott might not be going anywhere due to his tender years which is understandable.
Spurs signing a more experienced striker and allowing Parrott to work mainly with the U23s might just be the best option for now, as much as Pardew may want the youngster.