Jose Mourinho will block a loan move for Troy Parrott in January as he wants to keep him at Tottenham Hotspur and include him in his first-team plans, according to reports.
Parrott was part of the Spurs squad for their Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. Both sides had already qualified for the tournament knockout stages ahead of the game and Mourinho rested several first-team players for the fixture.
It looked as though Parrott, who made his Premier League debut last weekend against Burnley, would make his first appearance in the Champions League. However, with Spurs losing 3-1 on the night, Mourinho decided to bring on Victor Wanyama as his final substitution, seemingly in an attempt to keep the scoreline down.
Jose Mourinho wrestles the match ball off Heung-Min Son to give it to Spurs youngster Troy Parrott pic.twitter.com/Sk27JukWE9
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Yet, despite overlooking him on Wednesday against Bayern, Mourinho is understood to be a big fan of Parrott. According to Dan Kilpatrick of The Evening Standard, the new Spurs coach has taken a “shine” to the Republic of Ireland international and feels that he has a “big future” with the club.
Mourinho will reportedly allow younger players such as Olivier Skipp and Japhet Tanganga leave the club in loan moves next month to gain first-team experience. This is a break in policy from his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, who blocked loans for younger players, believing it more beneficial for them to develop at the club. However, according to the report, Mourinho will retain Pochettino’s approach for just one player – Parrott.
Jose won’t let the young Dubliner, who doesn’t turn 18 until February, leave the club on loan and reportedly plans to give him more playing time this season to convince him that his long-term future is at White Hart Lane. Parrott has just over 18-months remaining on his contract and is understood to have caught the eye of several European clubs, such as Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is said to have been impressed by the Irish striker’s performance in a Uefa Youth League match between Munich and Spurs in October. While Dortmund reportedly believe that Parrott could be the next young player from the Premier League to move to the Bundesliga and excel, following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho.
However, Spurs and Mourinho appear to rate Parrott highly, and it looks as though he will get more chances to show his talents in the first-team over the coming months. Last Saturday, the former Manchester United manager gave Parrott the match ball after he became the youngest player to appear in the Premier League this season.