Jose Mourinho’s response to Tottenham Hotspur’s striking injury crisis has not yet involved Troy Parrott.
Despite the teenager’s obvious talents, the Tottenham boss has deemed him ‘not ready’ to step up in the absence of the injured Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
It has left plenty of Tottenham fans frustrated. No doubt, the 18-year-old will also be feeling he could do a job, considering the club’s lack of attacking options.
The current struggles of Parrott to break into the first-team do, however, highlight Tottenham’s sensible decision to tie the Irish international down to a new contract.
Parrott signed a new deal at the club earlier this month, as reported by the London Evening Standard, tying him to Spurs until 2023.
It came amid numerous reports of foreign interest in the player. As reported by the Daily Mail, the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus were both keen on the teen sensation. With just one year left on his Spurs deal, Tottenham would have been fearing an exit on the cheap.
The success of Jadon Sancho shows what can be achieved if a youngster leaves an English club to try and develop their talents elsewhere. Sancho has gone on to thrive since being given a first-team opportunity at Borussia Dortmund. The former Manchester City talent is now being linked (The Express) with a £120 million move back to the UK.
This potential success abroad will have undoubtedly entered Parrott’s mind. However, after a sprinkling of first-team appearances this season, Parrott clearly decided the pathway was open at Tottenham and a move abroad was not necessary. The current evidence, however, suggests the door is currently shut for Tottenham’s prized young talent.
Had Parrott not signed this new deal, then the overtures of Munich or Turin will have undoubtedly become even more alluring as he is continually overlooked. Getting Parrott tied down to a longer-term deal now looks like a great piece of business by Tottenham, as any itchy feet will not be punished by a paltry transfer return.