Despite the fact that Tottenham are without Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, or any recognisable natural striker, Jose Mourinho still claims that Troy Parrott is not ready for the step up.
The 18-year-old Irishman has already been handed his full Spurs debut, Premier League debut, and the Republic of Ireland U21 and senior debuts this season.
The next step is for him to secure a regular spot on the Spurs bench, followed by consistent minutes on the pitch.
They say that actions speak louder than words and Mourinho is clearly not yet convinced by what he has seen from Parrott on the training pitch.
However, I think it is time for Parrott to take a leaf from Erik Lamela’s book, if the youngster hasn’t done so already.
Back in December, as Spurs faced a different set of injury problems, Mourinho revealed that a returning Lamela came and told him that he was available to help the team. The Argentine even told Mourinho ‘I think you need me’ and Jose loved it.
Again at the weekend, Mourinho was impressed that Lamela kept coming to him and communicating his fitness and how many minutes he could play (Football London).
Perhaps it is time for Parrott to be brave and knock on Mourinho’s office door to tell the head coach that he is ready to start playing minutes for Spurs.
Jose clearly likes this no-nonsense, confident approach and it may just be the signifier that he is looking for in order to hand Parrott some game time.
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