Jose Mourinho has confirmed that striker Troy Parrott will be named on the bench for Tottenham’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Norwich City tomorrow.
The Portuguese has continuously repeated that the 18-year-old isn’t ready for senior football, but with a host of attacking injuries, revealed that the young striker, who was handed his second Premier League appearance as a stoppage-time substitute against Wolves at the weekend, will be included in the squad to face the Canaries.
Parrott has been starved of football at all levels this season, featuring just twice for the senior team, but marked his return to Spurs’ Under-23s side with with the opening goal in their 3-2 victory over Wolves on Monday night.
With Wednesday clearly in mind, Parrott was replaced at half-time.
Mourinho spoke to the press ahead of the FA Cup game and told Football.London: “He will be on the bench tomorrow. We are taking very good care of him. We cannot tell you every single detail. We are taking care of a player and a young boy. He’s 18 but one month ago he was 17.
“He has two Premier League appearances, something that’s not normal for 18-year-olds. He has the priviledge of that and training with the first-team and the very good people in the academy. Step by step.”
You can see Parrott’s goal for the U23s in the video below. It was assisted by a familiar source, no other than Maurizio Pochettino, son of former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Only real fans watched Parrott score
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