Jose Mourinho says that Troy Parrott is not yet ready to lead the line for Spurs in the Premier League.
The Dubliner, who turns 18 in a fortnight, made his first start for the club this season the in the League Cup against Colchester and made his Premier League debut with a five-minute appearance off the bench against Burnley last month.
With Harry Kane out injured until April and Spurs' forward reserves bare, it had been presumed that Parrott would see game time. However, he has not seen any action since that cameo against Burnley.
Mourinho compared Parrott's situation to that of Japhet Tanganga who recently started games against Watford and Liverpool.
"I’m ready to answer you because I had a long conversation with him today, so I’m ready to share with you a little bit," said Mourinho in quotes reported by Football.London.
"I think he has potential. I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably Tanganga had. One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.
"Ok in Tanganga’s case it was three years without a Premier League match, but it was three years or working and playing, playing in his age groups, playing in England national team [youth games], which also gave him some experience. Then with me it was just the last part of his preparation before he had his first opportunity.
"I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes he can minutes. I’m not saying he’s not able to have minutes, but to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don’t think he’s ready at all."
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