Tottenham Hotspur fans have been calling for the inclusion of youngster Troy Parrott for some time now.
With Spurs forward Harry Kane injured, many expected to see the 18-year-old feature more often as they looked to fill the void left by their talisman.
Jose Mourinho acted quickly to claim Parrott wasn’t ready yet to make his mark in the Premier League, with the obvious reason being that he needs more football under his belt.
A report by The Athletic has revealed further issues between the Spurs youngster and the club’s head coach though, which ultimately make sense given his lack of opportunities in the first team.
According to the report, Tottenham boss Mourinho is disappointed with Parrott’s work rate and his apparent immaturity when around his team mates has impacted negatively on his chances of first team football.
Spurs are crying out for someone to take this opportunity in Kane’s absence and turn their current poor form around, something that should have motivated the teenager to make a mark in training.
Apparently that isn’t the case though, as Parrott has not featured for Tottenham since December and is unlikely to rack up many minutes between now and the end of the season.
Rumours suggest that Mourinho has no direct dialogue with the 18-year-old to inform him of why he isn’t being selected, as he has to instead find out from the head coach’s comments to the media.
Parrott has made just two appearances for Tottenham, as he was handed his debut against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup back in September.
He had to wait until December for his next Spurs outing, making his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 85th minute of their 5-0 victory over Burnley.
Despite handing Parrott his Tottenham debut, Mourinho still isn’t convinced that the youngster is ready for the step up to regular first team football regardless of the hype surrounding him.
While the reports of his attitude issues are worrying, Spurs supporters should be safe in the knowledge that there are few people better qualified than their current head coach to aid his development into a future star.
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