Mourinho reveals why he gave the match ball to Troy Parrott

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

It has already been an incredible season for young Troy Parrott at Spurs, and we haven’t even reached Christmas yet!

The 17-year-old was taken on Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-season tour of Asia and impressed in multiple starts for Tottenham.

Parrott was then included in the club’s Champions League squad and even made his full debut against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup.

The youngster was called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 side for the first time, scoring three goals in two games. However, his stay was short-lived in the youth team.

He was then called up to Mick McCarthy’s senior Ireland squad and started his first game in a friendly against New Zealand, registering his first assist.

Today, Jose Mourinho named Parrott on the bench against Burnley and gave the teenager his first taste of Premier League football, handing him ten minutes at the end.

Mourinho could be seen handing him the match ball come full-time, but why?

He said (Football London): “It was his debut and I think it had a much bigger meaning to a kid who last week was playing against others his age in the UEFA Youth League. Today he’s playing in the Premier League at 17.”

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