sport news Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho urges Troy Parrott to remain patient

Jose Mourinho urges Troy Parrott to remain patient as Tottenham manager compares 18-year-old's development to that of Scott McTominay at Tottenham have a striker crisis with injuries to Heung-min Son and Harry Kane Yet Jose Mourinho has opted not to start 18-year-old Troy Parrott up front  The Spurs boss has compared Parrott's development to Scott McTominay's Mourinho handed McTominay his debut in his first season at

By Adrian Kajumba For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:31 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 22:51 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Jose Mourinho has urged Troy Parrott to follow the Scott McTominay route to becoming a Premier League first-team player.

Spurs manager Mourinho has given Parrott the same pep talk he gave McTominay before he blooded the Scottish midfielder in his first season in charge of .

Mourinho may be resisting the clamour to play talented teenager Parrott as much as Tottenham's supporters would like amid the club's striker shortage but The Special One still believes the 18 year-old is The Privileged One because, unlike most players of his age on the club's books, the Ireland wonderkid is part of the senior setup.

Jose Mourinho has so far resisted the urge to start Troy Parrott despite his striker shortage

Jose Mourinho has so far resisted the urge to start Troy Parrott despite his striker shortage 

The 18-year-old did make an appearance on Sunday but only in second-half stoppage time

The 18-year-old did make an appearance on Sunday but only in second-half stoppage time 

Mourinho has held Parrott back believing he still has an 'educational process' to go through as a young player and has urged him to remain grounded while adapting to changes on and off the pitch, such as being away from his Dublin-based family and needing to mature ahead of his time in order to be part of a first-team dressing room.

The Portuguese, though, has been encouraged by what he has seen of late, not least in the example Parrott set in a scoring performance for Spurs's Under 23s against Wolves on Monday, 24 hours after a Premier League substitutes appearance against the same opponents.

Mourinho said: 'I told him before the [u23s] game, every time you play with the kids of your age, you have to show your colleagues why you are the privileged one.

'I was not worried about scoring goals or not scoring goals. I was

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