Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has backed young striker Troy Parrott to fill the void in the attacking department.
The North London-based club have been struggling on the attacking front with long-term injuries to star strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, which is why they currently do not have any outright striker in the squad.
Redknapp, who spent three seasons with Spurs from 2002 to 2005, wrote an article in Daily Mail where he has suggested that the 18-year-old is a real deal and backed manager Jose Mourinho to use him as a striker in the absence of the two star players.
“With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined, his [Parrott] is a name on the lips of Spurs supporters,” wrote Redknapp.
“Mourinho has claimed Parrott is ‘not ready’ but my sources at Tottenham say he is the real deal, with all the attributes to go to the very top.”
The 46-year-old further went on to back his claim about the readiness of the Tottenham youngster for a challenge to play in the Premier League.
“He has power, pace and is not the type to be fazed by a challenge,” former Spurs man Redknapp said.
“He’s been training with the first team, learning from the master Kane and has been capped by Ireland.
“I have every faith that Parrott is more than capable of doing a job for Mourinho and I hope he gets an opportunity to prove that, even if it’s off the substitutes’ bench.”
Parrott is a Spurs’ academy product and has made two senior-team appearances for his current club where he is yet to score a goal or provide an assist.
Tottenham’s hopes of a to-four finish received a blow on Saturday afternoon as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.
With games coming thick and fast across a number of competitions, Mourinho may be tempted to bring Parrott into the first-team fold.
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