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JAMIE REDKNAPP: Tottenham’s Troy Parrott is the real deal, with all the attributes to get to the top

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Tottenham’s Troy Parrott is the real deal, with all the attributes to get to the top

  • Spurs have an injury crisis with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both on the side
  • Youngster Troy Parrott could be an option for Jose Mourinho in their absence
  • The highly regarded 18-year-old has made two senior performances this season
  • But Jose Mourinho does not believe that the striker is ready to make the move

If Jose Mourinho needs a striker, he can do worse than looking at Troy Parrott.

I remember being in Liverpool and hearing about “this 14-year-old child in Everton.” His name was Wayne Rooney and everyone was enthusiastic about him.

Two years later, in 2002, I was in the tunnel in Goodison Park in front of Tottenham and who was next to me about to make his debut? Rooney, 16 years old.

Young star Troy Parrott could be the man to solve Jose Mourinho's peak crisis in Tottenham

Young star Troy Parrott could be the man to solve Jose Mourinho’s peak crisis in Tottenham

He was thrown into the men’s game and clearly showed that he was ready. Marcus Rashford did that when he made his first team debut for Manchester United in 2016. He was fast and flew.

This brings me to Parrott, the 18-year-old prospect at Tottenham.

With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined, he is a name on the lips of Spurs supporters. Mourinho has claimed that Parrott is ‘not ready’, but my sources at Tottenham say he is the real deal, with all the attributes to go to the top.

He has power, pace and is not the type that is surprised by a challenge.

He trained with the first team, learned from the master Kane and was capped by Ireland.

I am confident that Parrott is more than capable of doing work for Mourinho and I hope he will have the opportunity to prove it, even if it is not with the substitutes.

Spurs are confronted with an injury crisis with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both on the sidelines

Spurs are confronted with an injury crisis with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both on the sidelines

Spurs are confronted with an injury crisis with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both on the sidelines

Jose Mourinho said he doesn't believe the 18-year-old is ready to step up in their absence

Jose Mourinho said he doesn't believe the 18-year-old is ready to step up in their absence

Jose Mourinho said he doesn’t believe the 18-year-old is ready to step up in their absence

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