Chris Waddle has urged Jose Mourinho to give Troy Parrott more opportunities to solve Tottenham’s goal crisis.

Parrott made his Premier League debut in January but has not played since, with Jose Mourinho preferring Lucas Moura and Dele Alli up front in the absence of injured duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Despite finally signing a new contract earlier this month, Parrott has been deemed not ready by Mourinho, who must find a way to get Spurs scoring without Kane and Son ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.

Tottenham travel to Chelsea this weekend before upcoming games against Wolves and Manchester United in the Premier League and the Champions League Round of 16 second leg clash with RB Leipzig.

The Londoners drew a blank against Leipzig on Wednesday, and Waddle – who was Spurs’ Player of the Year in 1988 – believes it’s now time for Parrott to be given his chance.

“Sometimes you have to give a young striker a go – and now’s the time for Jose Mourinho to give Troy Parrott a shot,” Waddle wrote in a column for the Racing Post.

“And that means at the very least sticking him on the bench at Chelsea on Saturday.

“If Wednesday night’s Champions League match against Leipzig taught us anything it’s that Tottenham don’t have an alternative number nine with both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son injured. Other players can’t simply be shoehorned into that role.”

It Tottenham fail to score again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, it will be interesting to see whether Mourinho throws Parrott in against Wolves.



  1. There is a reason why Jose won’t play Troy. He obviously has’nt said why yet apart from maybe saying he is’nt ready that is. It’s a feeble reason and i wish for the sake of the fans that he would give us the real reason because to us it seems a waste and pointless not give him some playing time especially as we haven’t got anyone left to play up front. So come on Jose either give him a go and show a little faith like other teams do or at least come clean and give us fans a valid reason.

  2. JM’s reluctance to give Parrott even a chance beggar’s belief.Surely giving him a run off the bench cannot be a mistake.In our hour of need,refusing to give him a chance is only going to anger the fans and make them gang up against JM; surely he cannot be that stubborn or stupid, or can he?

  3. Or maybe young Mr parrott is not doing it in training. The fans don’t see what happens behind closed doors. Is parrott going to training is he putting in the same effort as tangana or winks. If he is he would surely get at least a bench. Who is he hanging around with off the pitch. Image on and off the pitch is all part of a footballers life. More to this than the fans know and to question someone as wise as Jose is foolish to say the least.

  4. Regardless of all the reasons mentioned already could he be any worse than Dele? Don’t think so and he proved in those pre-season games that he puts in 100% effort and can mix it physically with defenders. His chasing and closing down is a natural part of his game. Of course he needs to be protected and Jose is a good judge but sometimes you have to take a chance

  5. let the manager manage . strikers feed off goals , if he were to come in and not score or be knocked about it may bring long term damage confidence -wise . Jose doesn’t think he’s ready , My God , the man is up there with the greats coaching and strategy , let him introduce Parrott when he feels time is right


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