Danny Mills insisted that Troy Parrott would be in the Tottenham starting XI if Jose Mourinho thought he was good enough.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, backed Mourinho after he explained yesterday his decision not to play the 18-year-old despite the lack of fit strikers at the club.
Parrott replaced Ben Davies in the 91st minute but failed to make an impact as Spurs lost 3-2 to fourth-spot rivals Wolves having led twice in the game.
Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports News, “There was a guy behind me on the bench the other day: Play Troy, play Troy. I don’t think he knows Troy.”
Spurs have been playing without a recognised striker since Son Heung-min broke his arm against Aston Villa last month, whilst Harry Kane remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
When asked why the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager brought the teenager on for a mere three minutes, Mills told Football Insider: “I think sometimes it is a case of changing for change’s sake. Throw somebody on and you never know what is going to happen.
“Mourinho perhaps does not quite think he is ready. He is probably right. He sees him day in day out.
“People say Mourinho is not great at bringing the kids through but if he was good enough and if he was outstanding Mourinho would play him. As simple as that. He must feel he is not quite up to it yet.”
Parrott now has two Premier League appearances to his name, having scored 11 goals in 8 appearances for the club’s youth this campaign.
The academy graduate played 45 minutes for the Lilywhites under-23 side against Wolves on Monday, scoring after just eight minutes.
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