Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Troy Parrott will be on the bench against Norwich in the FA Cup, but is aware that the teenage striker still has a lot to learn.
There has been plenty of clamour from Spurs fans for the 18-year-old to be involved in the first team following injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but Mourinho has continually insisted he is not ready.
After making a brief appearance from the bench in Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat to Wolves, and then scoring in a 45-minute appearance for the under-23s on Monday night, Mourinho confirmed he will again be involved against the Canaries.
But the Portuguese has also warned that Parrott is far from the finished product.
“We’re taking very good care of him and we cannot tell you obviously every detail,” Mourinho said.
“We’re taking good care of a young player and also taking care of a young boy in society, in life, in private life. That’s a process. He’s 18. One month ago he was 17, so he’s not even close to being 19.
“On Monday we decided it was good for him to play but we decided before the game, with the relations we have with youth football, it was only for 45 minutes, to give him some match time but not 90 minutes because he’s going to be on the bench.
“It’s a process. We take care of the players. Troy is a process. He’s a very young kid with a lot, a lot, a lot to learn.
“He has qualities. He has potential but he’s not an end product. He has a lot to learn, a lot to develop at every level.
“He’s going to be on the bench again (on Wednesday). A few minutes he played already, he already has two Premier League appearances which is not normal for an 18-year-old kid. He’s a privileged one.
“I think he understands the privilege of being part of the first team, training every day, learning with experiences players and coaches, with very people also in the academy. He’s a privileged one. Step by step.”
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