Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips believes that Tottenham’s current injury situation might force Jose Mourinho’s hand with regards to handing Troy Parrott some opportunities.
Mourinho handed Parrott his Premier League debut in December when he brought the striker off the bench during the 5-0 win over Burnley.
That is not the only milestone the young striker has achieved this season, with Mick McCarthy also handing him his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland in a 3-1 win over New Zealand back in October.
Parrott hasn’t been given any game time in recent months, despite the injury to Harry Kane, but that didn’t stop the Irishman from committing his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a new deal earlier this month.
With Son Heung-min also joining Kane on the treatment table, Spurs are now desperately short of numbers in attack.
However, Mourinho has maintained that he isn’t going to fall back on Parrott, as the 18-year-old isn’t ready to make the step-up (Football.London).
Despite the Portuguese coach’s assertions, Phillips believes he might have no choice but to throw the youngster into the deep end.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Premier League Golden Boot winner said: “Parrott might have to get thrust into it. The injury to Son could force Jose’s hand. He may get an opportunity and if he does let us hope he takes it.
“Big boots to fill in Son and Kane. They think highly of him because they rewarded him with a new deal and we might be in a situation now where he is going to have to perform. If he does, let us hope he takes it.
“I hope he is a success because he has the talent and I would love to see him on the Premier League stage.”
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Going by the fact that Parrott wasn’t even named on the bench on Wednesday and that Mourinho has insisted multiple times that he isn’t ready, I don’t expect him to get any game time this season. It looks like the youngster might have to prove himself out on loan next season before being given his chance at Spurs.
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