Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been hesitant to name Troy Parrott in his matchday squad, because he’s not convinced by the youngster’s application. The 18-year-old has been tipped as the ‘next Harry Kane’, but he hasn’t featured for Spurs since the start of December.
Mourinho has been juggling a number of injuries in the Tottenham squad this month.
He was dealt another hammer blow last week, when it was revealed that Son Heung-min fractured his arm in the clash against Aston Villa.
The official line from the club is that Son is expected to miss “a number of weeks”, but Mourinho admitted that he isn’t expecting to see the South Korean back in action before the end of the season.
Despite the presence of any first-team strikers, Mourinho decided to leave Parrott out of the squad to face Chelsea last weekend.
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It’s believed that Spurs have some concerns over the mentality and dedication of the youngster, which is why he’s failed to make the squad, according to The Athletic.
Individuals at the club are also worried about his apparent immaturity – particularly when he’s around his friends.
While he’s only just turned 18 years old, Mourinho is expecting a higher standard from the striker.
Parrott has also been left frustrated by a failed January loan move.
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Parrott was close to agreeing a loan switch to Charlton last month, in a move that would see him gain much-needed game time.
But, the deal fell through at the final hurdle, and he’s had to make do with Tottenham’s reserves.
The failed transfer has also likely scuppered Parrott’s chances of making the Ireland squad for Euro 2020.
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy admitted that he would have preferred the youngster to leave Spurs for the rest of the season.
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“I wish he’d gone to Charlton and played games on loan,” he said.
“He couldn’t go out before because of his age and I understand that, but if he’s not playing competitive football he has very little chance of being in the squad.”
Parrott is yet to be told by Mourinho why he hasn’t been named in the Tottenham squad.
He’s gaining all of his inclusion information from the media, and by Mourinho’s press conferences.
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Parrott has made just one appearance for the Tottenham senior team this season.
He played for the final five minutes in a Premier League match against Burnley in December.
He had previously been named on the bench for Tottenham’s league game against Everton, but he wasn’t brought onto the pitch.
Parrott has scored 17 goals in 14 games for Tottenham’s Under-18s, and scored six in four during Tottenham’s UEFA Youth League campaign.
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