Darren Bent admits that he is fearful for the likes of young Tottenham striker Troy Parrott after seeing Jose Mourinho appointed as the club’s new manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England forward says he has heard what the Portuguese boss has had to say about developing youth players at other clubs and worries the next generation at Spurs could face a bleak future.
Mourinho, speaking to Spurs TV, mentioned how he likes to try and nurture young talents to develop them into first-team quality, but insisted that sometimes the work that has taken place “is not good enough to produce these players.”
Bent says those comments should be cause for concern when it comes to the youth prospects in north London right now, highlighting how Parrott has worked hard under Mauricio Pochettino to get onto the fringes of the senior side.
Bent told Football Insider: “The ones I do worry about are the younger, youth team guys that are on the cusp of maybe getting in the first-team, they’re now going to maybe take a step back.
“I heard Mourinho say the other day he loves using the kids like any other person but they’ve got to be at a certain level. I’ve heard him say before he’s been at certain places where he felt he didn’t have kids who were good enough to step up to the plate.
“If I was in the academy, on the cusp of training with the first-team, it would concern me a little bit. Parrot is the sort of player I worry about, he’s fought really hard there, Pochettino has obviously seen his development over five-and-a-half years, get to this stage.
“Mourinho might come in and not like what he sees at all and then he’s got to take a step back.”
Parrott has played once for the first-team at Spurs, leading the line against Colchester United in the Lilywhites’ shock League Cup defeat.
He also picked up his first Republic of Ireland cap over the international break, lining up for Mick McCarthy in a friendly versus New Zealand.
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