Pascal Chimbonda on whether Troy Parrott can fill in for the injured Harry Kane

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda has called for patience with Troy Parrott.

Spurs are currently without star striker Harry Kane after he suffered a tear in his left hamstring in the latter stages of the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day with the club yet to reveal exactly how long they believe he will be out of action for.

Head coach Jose Mourinho admitted after last weekend’s FA Cup draw at Middlesbrough that his side are missing the presence of Kane whilst also claiming that Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura are not able to play the number nine role (Evening Standard).

Parrott made his first team debut in September against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup and has since gone on to play his first senior game for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against New Zealand in November.

The academy product appeared in the Premier League for the first time with a late cameo against Burnley in December with Mourinho presenting him with the match ball after the game.

He has since been named as an unused substitute on a couple of occasions with Mourinho also acknowledging that Parrott needs time to develop (Sky Sports).

Chimbonda instead believes that Spurs should have a senior understudy to Kane.  Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both left the club in the summer which has left the central striking options thin on the ground.

He told Gambling.com “He’s a young player with a lot of potential and I believe Mourinho when he says he wants to give youth a chance – but with Troy it’s still only potential. If Mourinho feels he’s not ready, then he’s not ready.
 
“Spurs is a big club with a big manager – they need big players for big games. Ok, you could look at Liverpool who gave youth a chance in the FA Cup and they beat Everton’s first team, but they’d never do that in a league game.
 
“Parrott could be the answer further down the line, but he isn’t the answer right now. Spurs need a senior understudy to Kane.”

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