Darren Bent suggests Spurs need to call upon academy player to step up to first team

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has admitted his surprise at Jose Mourinho’s seeming reluctance to use youngster Troy Parrott despite the injury suffered by Harry Kane.

The England captain is not expected to be back in action until April after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring (The Telegraph).

Mourinho has admitted that the club are looking to bring in a striker in order to cope with Kane’s absence (Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold).

However, despite the lack of another out and out striker in the squad, the Spurs head coach failed to utilise the services of the promising academy product.

The 17-year-old striker, who is rated highly at the club, was handed his Premier League debut by Mourinho back in December following on from his Carabao Cup debut earlier in the season under Mauricio Pochettino.

Parrott has gone on to earn his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland this season but has found opportunities in recent weeks in North London hard to come by.

Speaking about Spurs’ striker situation, Bent told talkSPORT, “I do think they need a striker. I’d love to see Troy Parrott step up because I’m a big fan.

“I’d love to see him get the opportunity but for whatever reason, he’s not getting the opportunities.”

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A lot of Spurs fans have voiced their frustration at Parrott’s exclusion from the matchday squad but it is important to remember that he is only 17. Most of us don’t watch him train regularly like Mourinho does and so we need to trust his judgement. He has shown with Tanganga that he is not afraid to give young players opportunities if he feels they are ready.

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