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Tottenham fans “don’t even know” what Troy Parrott appears to be like enjoy, says Jose Mourinho as calls develop for the manager to delivery the teenage striker.
The Republic of Ireland global, 18, is Spurs’ most attention-grabbing match striker with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min injured.
Nonetheless despite calls for to delivery Parrott, he’ll over again be on the bench for Wednesday’s FA Cup tie in opposition to Norwich.
“Right here’s a worldwide the save a total bunch other folks, they achieve no longer even know if Troy has prolonged hair or quick hair.” said Mourinho.
“Or is blonde or is unlit. They achieve no longer even know that and disclose about ‘Troy, Troy, Troy, Troy, he ought to play’.
“There used to be a guy at the aid of me on the bench the opposite day, ‘Play Troy, play Troy’. I atomize no longer think he is aware of Troy.”
Parrott got here on in the 89th minute of Sunday’s 3-2 dwelling defeat by Wolves in the Premier League, which left Tottenham seventh, 5 factors off the pinnacle four, and the Dublin striker is but to delivery a Premier League match.
Nonetheless, Mourinho isn’t any longer ready to throw him in from the starting up in opposition to the Canaries, insisting he’s more inquisitive in regards to the player’s total vogue.
“Troy has qualities,” the Portuguese said. “He has likely however he’s now not any longer an discontinue product. He has loads to be taught, loads to design at every level.
“He goes to be on the bench again. He already has two Premier League appearances which isn’t any longer frequent for an 18-year-used shrimp one. He is a privileged one.
“We’re taking gentle care of a young player and also taking care of a young boy in society.
“That is a activity. He is 18. One month previously he used to be 17, so he’s now not any longer even end to being 19.”
Trailing 1-0 to RB Leipzig from the principle leg of their Champions League final-16 tie, the FA Cup appears Tottenham’s most practical likelihood of silverware this season.
Nonetheless Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager in November, would now not deem a trophyless season would checklist failure on his phase.
He added: “I come in mid-season, I come with the educate midway, so thanks to so many refined circumstances I would no longer genuinely feel it the least bit.”
Canaries silent dream of survival and cup glory
Norwich are bottom of the Premier League, six factors adrift of safety, however non-public came across some atomize in the FA Cup.
They’ve most attention-grabbing gained once on their travels all season in the league, however non-public recorded victories at Preston and Burnley to attain spherical 5 – their first wins in the competition for seven years.
Supervisor Daniel Farke refuses to offer up hope over their league save and would now not are desirous to remain dreaming a few cup trip. The just shall be to attain one thing special with 9,000 fans backing them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“The Premier League and FA Cup are two separate competitions,” he said. “We’re desirous to attain every device that you shall be in a save to imagine, so we are desirous to originate one thing in this cup and the league.
“Within the FA Cup, everything is likely. A crew in a cup can shock. I enjoy this competition loads due to it reminds you why you started to play football along with your traffic.
“There could be now not any longer grand prognosis of the save it would maybe perchance leave you in the table, so I enjoy it.
“We’re already in the fifth spherical. We’re no longer the favourites however we are desirous to circulate extra.”
Tottenham are silent with out Harry Kane (hamstring), Son Heung-min (shoulder) and Moussa Sissoko (knee). Hugo Lloris (groin) misses out again, so Paulo Gazzaniga will deputise in goal.
Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon are relief in competition to play.
Norwich non-public doubts over striker Teemu Pukki and midfielder Alex Tettey with both plagued by sickness.
Nonetheless manager Farke is anticipated to freshen up his crew as he did in the earlier rounds at Preston and Burnley.
Norwich and Tottenham non-public played every other six times in the FA Cup, with Norwich winning three and drawing two. Tottenham’s most attention-grabbing victory got here in the fourth spherical in 1992-93 courtesy of two Teddy Sheringham targets.
Tottenham non-public gained nine of their previous ten ties in the fifth spherical. Their most attention-grabbing defeat used to be at dwelling to Crystal Palace in February 2016.
Supervisor Mourinho has gained 17 of his 19 dwelling fits in the competition. His most attention-grabbing defeat used to be when Chelsea misplaced 4-2 at dwelling to League One Bradford Metropolis in 2014-15.
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Norwich, who non-public never gained the cup, are bidding to attain the quarter-finals for the principle time as a Premier League membership. The final time they got to the final eight used to be in 1991-92 when they misplaced to Sunderland in the semi-closing.
Norwich were eliminated from 13 of their previous 15 FA Cup ties in opposition to Premier League opponents, even though they did beat Burnley in the final spherical. The final time they knocked out two top-flight sides in the same FA Cup marketing campaign used to be in 1991-92.
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