'Kick in the teeth' - Exclusive: Ex-striker slaughters Mourinho for treatment of Spurs youth
Noel Whelan slaughtered Jose Mourinho for his treatment of Troy Parrott as Tottenham lost at home to Wolves on Sunday.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, ripped into the Spurs manager for treating the rookie forward so badly and urged him to “be brave” and “give the young man the opportunity.”
The 18-year-old was brought on as a substitute in the first minute of second-half stoppage time with the Lilywhites chasing the game at 3-2.
The home side had led twice in the match through Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier but equalisers from Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota were followed by a 73rd-minute winner from Raul Jimenez.
Whelan questioned the decision to only bring the teenager on in stoppage time with no recognised striker on the pitch for Spurs.
“You have Parrott on the bench he is an out and out centre-forward,” the former Coventry player told Football Insider.
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“Three minutes… What is the point in bringing him on? You have no out and out striker there playing from the word go but you have one sitting on the bench.
“I do not care how young he is, you have got to work with what you have got and you need to have a balance in your side. He is trying to fit players into positions that are not their positions. Play the young boy.
“You see Arsenal do with Eddie Nketiah. There is no difference. Just be brave and do something that is a little bit out of the box and stick one of the bigger names on the bench but you have more balance to your side.
“Give the young man the opportunity. Three minutes is a kick in the teeth.”
Mourinho has played without a centre-forward since Son Heung-min broke his arm against Aston Villa last month, joining Harry Kane on the sidelines.
Parrott now has two Premier League appearances to his name, having scored 10 goals in 7 appearances for the club’s youth this campaign.