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Jose Mourinho can win over the doubters quicker than expected at Tottenham Hotspur.
Fresh from a 5-0 win over Burnley at the weekend in which teenage striker Troy Parrott made his Premier League debut, Spurs are preparing to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
This is a game in which the result really doesn’t matter. They are already confirmed to be finishing second in Group B and have no way of overhauling the German giants ahead of the knockout stages.
Mourinho has already said that Harry Kane will not play in midweek, with Parrott set to make his European bow.
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A number of doubts were expressed about the Portuguese’s willingness to bring through the youngsters at the club, with Mauricio Pochettino having been known for his willingness to promote from within.
The London Evening Standard states that a number of players could be allowed to go on loan but that the manager has taken a shine to Parrott and is set to give him the chance to work his way into the first-team, amid interest from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, who previously snaffled Jadon Sancho away from Manchester City.
It makes sense to convince the youngster his future lies in north London and bringing him through would win plaudits for the manager, too.
There is nothing Spurs fans love more than singing about one of their own and Parrott ticks that box.
He has been with the club since 2017 and has made a significant impression in the youth teams, scoring at every single age level. He is also the top scorer in the UEFA Youth League with six goals to his name.
This is a player with a ceiling as high as anyone at the club and Mourinho, it appears, is ready to give him special treatment.
That will go down a treat in north London, particularly if he hits the goal trail for the senior side, starting on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has shown signs of emulating Pochettino at Spurs.