Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy was reportedly excited by the prospect of Kyle Walker-Peters and Troy Parrott breaking into the Spurs first-team squad next season, according to ESPN.
However, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho “did not rate either player”, with the two now away from N17 – one on loan, the other sold to a fellow Premier League side.
Walker-Peters came through the ranks at Tottenham but made just 24 appearances for the Spurs senior team since his impressive debut against Newcastle in August 2017 (Transfermarkt).
The 23-year-old made five appearances last season for Tottenham (Transfermarkt) and just one since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, despite the club’s lack of options at right-back.
Walker-Peters swapped London for Southampton on loan back in January and, on Tuesday, signed a five-year deal with the Saints for a reported £12million fee.
Parrott, meanwhile, has been prolific for Tottenham’s age group sides in recent years.
He was handed his Spurs senior debut in the League Cup by Pochettino earlier this season, as well as extending his contract at the North London club.
However, Parrott has only made has four senior appearances for Tottenham, with Mourinho resisting calls to give him more game time amid Spurs’ crisis up front earlier this year, and is now on loan at Millwall.
“It felt inevitable from the moment Jose Mourinho was appointed Tottenham head coach that he would clash with chairman Daniel Levy given their contrasting approaches to the transfer market, yet both are giving ground to make things work so far,” wrote ESPN.
“Sources have told ESPN that while Levy was excited by the prospect of academy graduates Kyle Walker-Peters and Troy Parrott breaking into the first team next season, Mourinho did not rate either player.”
It’s interesting to hear of the apparent difference in opinions between Levy and Mourinho regarding two homegrown talents, and while you can understand Parrott going out on loan so as to not be thrown at the deep end, maybe Walker-Peters should’ve had more chances.
That said, the ESPN report does note how the Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is “evidence of the pair working in tandem given the midfielder plugs a gap in Mourinho’s squad at a price compatible with Levy’s fiscal conservativism”, so it doesn’t look as though there’ll be any fallout from the Parrott and Walker-Peters decisions.