Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho hits back at fans over Troy Parrott criticism
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho isn’t happy with demands from supporters over Troy Parrott.
The Republic of Ireland Parrott has seen only six minutes of Premier League action since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in December despite his consistent form with the under-18s.
The 18-year-old was introduced with just a minute remaining as Spurs slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday, with fans left questioning his lack of first-team opportunities.
Mourinho has now lashed out at claims Parrott should be playing more often by suggesting fans barely know who the forward is.
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"This is a world where lots of people, they don't even know if Troy has long hair or short hair," Mourinho said.
"Or is blonde or is dark. They don't even know that and speak about: Troy, Troy, Troy, Troy, he should play.
"There was a guy behind me on the bench the other day: Play Troy, play Troy. I don't think he knows Troy."
Parrots went on to score for the under-23s in their fixtures against Wolves on Monday, with his manager praising his overall display.
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I was so happy with the way he performed and I'm not speaking about the goal that he scored," Mourinho added.
"I told him before the game, every time you play with the kids of your age, you have to show your colleagues why you are the privileged one.
"Why you are training in the first team every day and some of them are not – they are still in the group age. Because it was something that he was not doing.
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"Every time he was playing with the kids, he was playing with the mentality of, 'I shouldn't be here' or 'I am too good to be here' or 'It's not here that I want to play'. And this is an educational process that comes.”
Before adding: ”So I think Troy will come even stronger and stronger when everything happens step by step. And not immediately.
"Because he is not ready for immediately. So it is a process."
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