Tottenham Head Coach Jose Mourinho reiterated that Troy Parrott is not ready for senior football – despite the teenager appearing as a stoppage-time substitute in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against Wolves in the Premier League.
The 18-year-old returned to the matchday squad for the first time since the 3-2 victory over Southampton in the FA Cup fourth-round last month and made just his third first-team appearance, replacing Ben Davies in the 92nd minute against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
However, despite introducing him late in the contest, Mourinho revealed that he hadn’t planned on naming Parrott in the 18-man squad – it was because Erik Lamela was unable to make the bench due to recent injury problems.
“He is not ready, he is not ready,” Mourinho told Football.London.
The Portuguese was then asked why Parrott was named among the substitutes. He continued: “He’s a good kid, a good talent, he’s a kid we want to help. He’s a kid who needs help, not just on the pitch but outside the pitch.
“He’s a kid we’re going to take care of like we have since the beginning. And he’s a kid who is obviously going to have a real opportunity in the right moment when we feel it is the moment.
“Why was he on the bench? He was on the bench because Lamela told me before the game he was not even ready to go on the bench.”
Elsewhere, Spurs captain Hugo Lloris missed the game with a groin injury, but Mourinho didn’t sound worried when asked about the absence of his number one. He said: “It’s hard to say when he’s going to be back. Is it a big problem? I don’t think it is.”