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Jose Mourinho Marks Troy Parrott's League Debut With Top-Class Gesture

Jose Mourinho Marks Troy Parrott's League Debut With Top-Class Gesture

Troy Parrott made his long awaited Premier League debut this afternoon, coming on for Dele Alli with five minutes to go in the encounter. After the game his manager, Jose Mourinho, insisted on marking the occasion with a special gesture - handing Parrott the match-ball.

Mourinho had mentioned the 17-year-old Irishman in his pre-match comments, claiming he is "a kid with great potential." And as the home side built a 5-0 lead against Burnley, Parrott was eventually called from the bench by his manager.

At the final whistle, Mourinho could be seen walking over to Son Hueng-min, asking for the match-ball and then handing it to the Irish teenager.

Parrott's appearance makes him the youngest player to play in the Premier League this season, and the youngest player to play for the London club since 2007.

During the post-match press conference, Mourinho praised the man who made his Irish international debut only last month.

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It was his debut and I think it had a much bigger meaning to a kid who last week was playing against kids in the Champions League. Today he's playing in the Premier League at 17.

Will he play against Bayern Munich? I don't know. All I can say is Harry Kane won't. Who plays, we'll see.

Tottenham travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, knowing they are already through to the knock-out stages of the competition. However, when the sides met earlier in the competition, the Londoners suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home.

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