Tottenham Hotspur’s current striker shortage has seen many pundits and fans clamouring for youngster Troy Parrott to get a chance.
The Irishman is highly-rated among the fanbase. His excellent youth-team form has even seen him win a first full international cap for the Republic of Ireland.
However, Jose Mourinho has been reluctant to use him. As he was quoted by the Irish Independent in January, the Portuguese called Parrott ‘not ready at all’ to step up in Harry Kane’s absence.
Earlier this week, the Spurs boss doubled down. As reported by Football.London, speaking after Heung-min Son’s injury, Mourinho against suggested Parrott ‘is not ready’ for first-team action at Tottenham, despite the South Korean’s absence deepening Spurs’ attacking drought.
Now, the London Evening Standard has been suggesting what Mourinho’s plans are with these statements.
They claim that Mourinho’s comments are a ‘challenge’ to Parrott. The idea is, the Irish youngster can prove himself in training and force Mourinho’s hand. Unfortunately, the report also claims that Parrott has not yet done enough in training to change Mourinho’s mind.
It is also suggested that Mourinho believes throwing a youngster in as an attacker is a lot different from the situation with Japhet Tanganga, who has experienced pros Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen watching his back in defence.
It’s bad news for Tottenham fans who want to see the 18-year-old get his chance right now but it can be seen as a positive.
At least, or so it appears, Mourinho is not simply ruling out Parrott based on his age or ability. Instead, the Tottenham boss wants Parrott to enforce his will upon the first-team selection.
If Parrott can do that, then hopefully he will come in all guns blazing when finally given his Tottenham chance.