Peter Crouch has revealed that Jose Mourinho tried to entice him out of retirement to help with their striker crisis despite having a very talented youngster in his ranks that he won’t turn to; the exact opposite of how Mikel Arteta has acted at Arsenal – and this is the man who wanted to be Arsenal manager!
It has long been a point of discussion that Jose Mourinho has no interest/ability in bringing kids through and that is highlighted more than ever now that he is at Spurs.
With no Son or Kane to choose from, Mourinho has been urged to give 18-year-old Troy Parrot a go. Parrot, it is claimed, is really making an impression at Spurs, training with the first team. Mourinho, however, says he isn’t ready according to Jamie Redknapp.
So what was Mourinho’s solution?
To call Peter Crouch:
“He [Mourinho] had been asked, before Tottenham’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, whether his side could do what Barcelona had done and sign a striker outside the transfer window, given their emergency predicament,” wrote Crouch.
“‘I wasn’t aware of that possibility,’ said Mourinho. ‘I don’t think it is possible… Peter Crouch!’ Me being me, I tweeted, ‘I’m ready, Jose’, with the hashtag #thereturn complete with a robot emoji. That was the last I thought of it, until my phone rang.
“Ordinarily, I would not have answered. The fact it was a FaceTime call, though, made things a bit different. My initial thought was that it was my wife Abbey, who had gone to the Brits. I assumed it was her showing me what she was going to wear for the ceremony.
“But when I answered, it wasn’t Abbey staring back from the other end, it was Mourinho, sitting in his office with a glint in his eye. ‘Are you ready, then?’ Jose was laughing now — almost as much as I was. ‘Peter! Come on! We need you! We need you!’ Tottenham’s press office had my number and had given it to the manager.
“As much as I would love to answer his call, however, I concluded — given the refuelling I’ve done since entering retirement — that it might take me a little longer than normal to recapture full fitness. It’s with regret to say, then, that I won’t be scoring any Premier League goals in the near future, though it was a pleasure to speak to Mourinho.
Contrast that with Arsenal when they recalled Eddie Nketiah from Leeds because he wasn’t getting enough playing time, fully intending to send him back on loan only for him to impress in training and get a chance in the first team set-up proper.
What do you think Nketiah and Parrot are thinking as they learn about this, Parrot especially? One knows the coach of his club has faith and is willing to take a chance on him, even given Arsenal’s situation.
The other is being told that he’s considered worse than a 39-year-old retired journey man who hasn’t kicked a ball in almost two years.
Excellent youth management as always there, Jose!