Opinion: Mourinho should promote this teenage academy striker – Not Troy Parrott

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are in desperate need of a new striker in North London, with Harry Kane out injured for the foreseeable future after suffering a ruptured hamstring tendon.

Spurs sold Vincent Janssen and released Fernando Llorente in the summer, with their usual stand-in striker Heung-min Son now also out injured for the long-term.

This has left Jose Mourinho with Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura as makeshift strikers, as well as young Troy Parrott in the academy. However, the Tottenham head coach has claimed that the Irishman is not ready (Independent).

I would argue that, if not Parrott, then Mourinho should be looking at Kion Etete within the academy system, due to the height that the 18-year-old can offer.

Etete has looked impressive this season in the U18 side, replacing Troy Parrott who now trains and travels regularly with the first-team. Etete stands at 6ft 4 inches, making him more than capable of winning aerial duels and holding the ball up.

This kind of target man not only fits perfectly into a Jose Mourinho side, but he would also bring the likes of Lucas and Bergwijn into the game, allowing them to run in behind.

Etete has six goals and two assists in 11 U18 Premier League games this season (TransferMarkt).

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