Report: Tottenham changed mind on potential January loan exit after holding talks

Coach of Tottenham Jose Mourinho during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 19, 2020 in...

Jose Mourinho insists that Troy Parrott is not ready for Premier League action; surely the Spurs striker would have benefitted from joining Dundalk on loan.

Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019 in Borehamwood, England.

League of Ireland outfit Dundalk failed with an ambitious bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur starlet Troy Parrott on loan, according to the Irish Mirror.

A teenage striker who shot to fame with a series of eye-catching displays against the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in pre-season was expected to force his way into Spurs’ first-team plans this season.

But, despite the injury-enforced absences of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, Jose Mourinho has all-but ruled out the prospect of Parrott playing regular Premier League football between now and May.


According to the Portuguese tactician, the 18-year-old simply isn’t ready for the top level.

With Parrott seemingly outgrowing reserve-team football, a loan move away from north London would have done him the world of good.

Reports from across the sea claim that Dundalk had held talks with Spurs and, while the League of Ireland is hardly one of Europe’s most prestigious divisions, the chance to prove himself against grizzled, battle-scarred defenders could have been the making of this Dublin-born goal-machine.

Tottenham's Troy Parrott attacks during the FA Youth Cup Third Round match between Millwall andmTottenham Hotspur at The Den on December 17, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham were open to a short-term deal but, after negotiations got underway, decided to back out of a deal. Parrott will be stuck in the reserves for the next few months instead, it seems.

But, with ten goals in six games for Spurs’ youth ranks this season, the sooner he plays first-team football the better.

Dublin , Ireland - 10 October 2019; Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland reacts after missing a goal chance during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between...

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