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'He Has Two Premier League Appearances Which Is Not Normal For An 18-year-old'

'He Has Two Premier League Appearances Which Is Not Normal For An 18-year-old'

Jose Mourinho says that Troy Parrott will be on the bench when Spurs face Norwich in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.

Parrott made his second Premier League appearance on Sunday, coming off the bench with a few minutes to play as Spurs lost to Wolves. He subsequently scored for the club's U23s on Monday night.

"He will be on the bench tomorrow," Mourinho said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"We're taking very good care of him and we cannot tell you obviously every detail. We're taking good care of a young player and also taking care of a young boy in society, in life, in private life. That's a process.

"He's 18. One month ago he was 17, so he's not even close to being 19. Yesterday we decided it was good for him to play but we decided before the game, with the relations we have with youth football, it was only for 45 minutes, to give him some match time but not 90 minutes because tomorrow he's going to be on the bench. It's a process.

"We take care of the players. It was not my work but for (Harry) Winks to arrive in the position of club captain in a Premier League match shows what can be done in this club.

"A kid comes here, at nine or 10 years old, taken care of, plays in the first team and arrives at a moment where he even wears the armband. Troy is a process. He's a very young kid with a lot, a lot, a lot to learn.

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"He has qualities," Mourinho continued.

"He has potential but he's not an end product. He has a lot to learn, a lot to develop at every level. He's going to be on the bench again tomorrow again. A few minutes he played already, he already has two Premier League appearances which is not normal for an 18-year-old kid.

"He's a privileged one. I think he understands the privilege of being part of the first team training every day, learning with experiences players and coaches, with very people also in the academy. He's a privileged one. Step by step."

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