By Darren Bent

24th Feb, 2020 | 2:13pm

'What's going on?' - Exclusive: Bent gutted after what he's heard about one Tottenham player

Darren Bent admits he is gutted to hear Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho say Troy Parrott is “not ready” to play despite the club’s striker crisis.

The former Spurs and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he has been excited to see that the 18-year-old has to offer and that he is disappointed he is not being considered.

With Harry Kane and Heung-min Son ruled out of action with long-term injuries, Mourinho has ruled out Parrott taking their place in the senior side, despite a lack of other natural centre-forwards.

Bent says that he is looking forward to seeing the teenager in action and questions why the boss would not make use of him when his options are so limited.

Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t know what’s going on with Troy Parrott, I was really quite excited to see him but clearly he’s not fancied by Mourinho.

“I heard Mourinho come out and say we don’t have a striker on the bench, we don’t have a striker in the squad, we don’t have a striker in the building or something, that kind of told me he doesn’t really fancy him.” 

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Mourinho chose to line up natural wingers Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn as makeshift strikers in the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, a late Antonio Rudiger own goal not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat.

Parrott has played two times for the first-team to date, playing 66 minutes against Colchester in the League Cup and five minutes as a substitute versus Burnley in the Premier League.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has been baffled by an update coming out of the club.