Tottenham were thrashed by Red Bull Leipzig on Tuesday night and with all eyes now on the Premier League surely it is time to hand Troy Parrott the chance to shine in the first-team.
Boss Jose Mourinho has shown a real reluctance to use the young striker so far and with no fit striker currently at the club, it does seem a somewhat bizarre situation.
Tottenham haven’t won for six matches in all competitions and in recent weeks they have been knocked out of the Champions League and the FA Cup.
The Premier League table makes feeble reading for Mourinho too. Spurs are seven points shy of Chelsea in fourth and are just a single point above fierce rivals Arsenal.
Everybody knows that Mourinho is struggling with injuries. Any team would struggle with players of the importance of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min missing, but he must try something.
With supporters becoming restless and starting to question the point of the Portuguese boss being appointed, playing Parrott could offer him a way back into the hearts of Tottenham supporters.
Mourinho watches Parrott in training each day and he will maintain that he knows his players better than anyone.
The state of play right now, however, is that the academy graduate is one of the very few strikers currently fit and ready to play at Tottenham.
Parrott has four appearances to his name in the first-team but there is a real reluctance in Mourinho’s mind to give him a shot.
That ought to perhaps change and he could find out a lot about the player’s character if he does have him a chance or two between now and the end of the season.
Given his team’s current form, there really isn’t a great deal to lose from Mourinho’s point of view.
Some supporters are already thinking that he might not be so special after all; writing his appointment off as a mistake that backfired.
If Mourinho does hand Parrott the chance to shine the likes of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura can go back to their more natural positions, rather than acting as square pegs in round holes.
After the midweek shambles, Mourinho needs to do something and starting Parrott this weekend would be a great starting point.