Jose Mourinho’s comments about Troy Parrott not being ready to feature in the Tottenham Hotspur first team are a challenge to try and get him to respond on the training ground, according to a report from the Evening Standard.
However, the same publication also suggests that the Republic of Ireland international is yet to do that, hence why he remains out of the picture.
Spurs are currently in the midst of a striking crisis with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out due to injuries. That means that Parrott is the only recognised striker left available, but instead of using him, Mourinho opted to play Steven Bergwijn as a centre-forward in their recent game against Chelsea (Transfermarkt).
The 18-year-old has been on fire at youth level this season, scoring six times in four UEFA Youth League outings whilst also netting a couple of goals in the Premier League 2. However, first team opportunities have been limited, with his only league appearance being a five-minute cameo against Burnley in December (Transfermarkt).
Many Spurs fans have been reacting to the report which suggests that Parrott hasn’t been doing enough in training following Mourinho’s comments, with most urging him to put more effort into training and force his way into the first team.
Here is what some had to say…
This was obvious. Kid needs to wake up. Massive chance.
— ap (@otheranthony) February 25, 2020
Troy won’t get have many chances like this. Needs to take it!
Sonny and Kane being out should motivate him to work every hour on training ground to show he deserves a shot at being on bench or even starting games.
Please forget partying for now @troyparrott9 🙏
— 5️⃣4️⃣ days without a striker 😡 (@MattyFrench82) February 25, 2020
Of course he has to prove himself, he can’t get it handed to him just like that
— The Duke of Ekpoma (@dayvid_d_taylor) February 25, 2020
He should be working his socks off in training! He’s got a great chance to get regular game time with the first time! He should be the first one there and the last one to leave the training ground everyday! Come on Troy 🙌🏼 #COYS
— Alex (@SBergwijn_) February 25, 2020
Got to show more in training than
— markmcallister (@markmac2004) February 25, 2020
Poor attitude from the player. given that he’s the only fit striker in our squad, he should be moving heaven and earth to show Jose that he is ready.
— One fed up commuter (@simon_isaacs) February 25, 2020
Must be really bad not to get a game in the present circumstances. Shame but I support the manager. That’s two world class managers that didn’t fancy him. Big coincidence.
— Andy dixon (@Dixonaj111) February 25, 2020
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