Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott was snubbed by Jose Mourinho at the weekend.
The teenager did not even make the bench for Spurs against Liverpool.
It was a sign of where he stands under Mourinho, even with Harry Kane out injured.
But it would be a bit premature to criticise Mourinho just yet, for three reasons.
First of all Mourinho showed faith in youngster Japhet Tanganga, handing him a start against Liverpool.
This shows the manager is open to playing young players in big games, when the circumstances are right.
Secondly there is a game tomorrow night where Tottenham have a great opportunity to play Parrott.
The home FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough is a match Spurs are strongly favoured to win despite drawing the original tie at the Riverside.
Tottenham should at least give him a spot on the bench against Boro.
Thirdly it has to be considered that Mourinho left Parrott out as a tactical ploy to the board.
It is no secret Spurs need a striker with Harry Kane injured, and Mourinho may be trying to prove a point by showing he does not currently have one to work with.
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