“I had to take it on the chin” – Parrott responds to Mourinho’s comments

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Troy Parrott
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The 2019/20 season was a bittersweet one for Tottenham striker Troy Parrott.

The youngster who has been tipped to achieve big things in the future (Football.London), got his first start for Tottenham, his first Premier League appearance for the club as well as his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland, all in a space of a few months (transfermarkt).

However, the second half of the campaign was something of a disappointment for the teenager after he failed to secure a loan move in January, and despite injuries to the likes of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, had to be content watching from the sidelines following the New Year.

When asked why Parrott was not getting starts despite Spurs’ injury crisis, Jose Mourinho insisted back in March that the 18-year-old was not ready to play regularly in the Premier League (Football.London).

Far from being bogged down those by comments, the striker admitted that he is keen to improve on his weaknesses and prove during his loan spell at Millwall that he can score goals.

He insisted that the advice he has received from the Spurs boss has helped his game.

When asked about Mourinho’s comments, Parrott told News at Den: “To be fair, he’s such an experienced manager and he’s done nearly everything in the game, so if he feels like that’s right then there must be some truth in it and I had to take it on the chin.

“I knew I just had to keep my head down in training and keep working hard. And getting this loan now is hopefully going to help me improve and push on.

“There were little conversations that were being had [at Spurs]. I was speaking to coaching staff and players finding out what I needed to do to be better.

“Because obviously Mourinho has worked with some of the best strikers there’s ever been. To get advice off him was great. I knew what I needed to do. It was helpful advice.”

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There were murmurings of a bit of an attitude problem with Parrott (The42) but the striker certainly comes across as extremely driven and mature in interviews. Let’s hope he can bag plenty of goals in the Championship this season and come back to pre-season at Spurs next summer with plenty of confidence.

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