Pochettino gives Parrott boost at Spurs
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has given Irish youngster Troy Parrott hope of a breakthrough after he was asked to travel with the first team last weekend.
And the Spurs chief says he will have no hesitation about throwing in young players, like Dubliner Parrott, if they are good enough.
Parrott (16) didn't, in the end, make the match-day squad for the 2-0 win away to Leicester City, as midfielder Oliver Skipp (18) was on the bench while Kyle Walker-Peters (21) came in for his Premier League debut. But the fact that ex-Belvedere lad Parrott was asked to travel to Leicester with the first team squad at the age of 16 shows how highly-rated he is.
"All the players that we have in the squad, the younger ones like Oliver Skipp or Troy Parrott, who was involved today for the first time, it's because they're involved in the first team during days, during weeks, during months, and it's only to give the possibility to play," Pochettino said after the 2-0 win at Leicester.
"I don't doubt, and I am not worried, about players who are injured or don't perform in their best, because we have another who can replace them. I promise we are going to win or lose with one or another."
Parrott will now rejoin the Spurs youth team squad and he is in line to feature away to Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League tomorrow (3pm), having scored in a 4-2 loss to Inter Milan in the competition last month, but he could get an opportunity with the first team next month, if Pochettino rests his first team players for the FA Cup third round tie against either Southport or Tranmere.
Pochettino, meanwhile, insists Barcelona will not give Spurs a free pass in tomorrow's crunch Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.
He said: "It will be a massive game, Barca have qualified for the next stage but in the Champions League no-one is going to give a present. We need to win. The mentality is going to be 200 per cent to try to win. Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe."
Meanwhile, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says that Mick McCarthy is keen to end the international exile of Blades striker David McGoldrick. "Mick's looking to get David back in there it seems," Wilder said. "Obviously, with their history, he knows what the lad can do."