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'Parrott is not ready' - Jose Mourinho dashes Irish starlet Troy's hopes of replacing Son


Jose Mourinho, pictured at a Spurs training session today, and young Ireland striker Troy Parrott

Jose Mourinho, pictured at a Spurs training session today, and young Ireland striker Troy Parrott

Jose Mourinho, pictured at a Spurs training session today, and young Ireland striker Troy Parrott

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho appears to have dashed any hopes of Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott getting into his first team, despite a long-term injury to Son Heung-min.

With Harry Kane set to miss most of the rest of this season, Spurs have now been dealt a huge blow with the news that South Korean forward Son is also unlikely to play again this season after picking up an arm injury at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Son scored a dramatic late winner for Tottenham as they moved to within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League, yet they are now facing a striker crisis with their two most prolific forwards set to be on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.

That raised hopes that Parrott may get a chance to shine, but Mourinho is standing by his assertion that the 18-year-old Dubliner is not ready for first-team football, as he also suggested youngster Ryan Sessegnon will not be deployed as a makeshift striker.

"My thoughts are that Parrott is not ready and that Sessegnon is not a striker," Mourinho stated ahead of his side's Champions League last-16 game against Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday.

"I don't count on Sonny (this season). If he plays one or two games it's because he's (his press officer) is very optimistic. I hope he's right. I hope he's right, but in my mind no. In my mind, I'm not thinking about that.

"No strikers, no market, no players, nothing. The only help we can have now, especially playing at home, is our crowd.

"It's the Tottenham supporters so looking to the game tomorrow, that's the only thing that I ask because to the players I cannot ask more than what they are giving. I know they going to give exactly the same which is everything they have.

"They have to cope with this mental situation of losing Sonny after losing Harry a few months ago, but I never ask anything from our supporters.

"I ask this time, maybe they want to give me what I ask. I believe so because the players deserve it. The only thing I ask is for the Spurs fans to be behind the players because the players deserve it."

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Tottenham were 12-points off the fourth team in the Premier League when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager last November and he suggests their climb to within touching distance of a Champions League qualifying place has now been taken away from him.

"You know that I like analogies. Sometimes I do good ones, sometimes I do silly ones, but in this case, I'll try to do one for you," he continued.

"When we arrived we were on the minus 12 floor. We got the stairs and we started climbing, but immediately at the beginning the stairs, they broke.

"So we were in trouble and we were finding a way to try to get (up). We found a way, we started climbing - lots of work, lots of effort - and we started going and going and going.

"And when 11 steps, 11 floors, we go, we go, we go, and when we are arriving on the fourth floor, which is where we wanted to arrive, somebody came and took the stairs away. So now we are in trouble.

"Now we are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor and now we have two options: one is to give up and fall and normally die because it's the fourth floor.

"Another way is to fight with what we have - no stairs, but arms. So we are going to be on that balcony fighting with everything."

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