Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott insists he wasn't upset when Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said he wasn't ready for the Premier League.
The youngster made his international debut aged 17 last November but found his opportunities limited at Tottenham, even when an injury crisis robbed the Portuguese of regular forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
"He's not ready," Mourinho said in March, after bringing Parrott off the bench for his second brief league appearance.
"He’s a good kid we want to help, not only on the pitch but off it. He’s a kid who’s going to have a real opportunity but when we decide it’s right."
Parrott signed a contract extension with Spurs until 2023 in February but has since been loaned to Championship contenders Milwall, and the Dubliner is adamant Mourinho's comments were "helpful".
"To be fair, he’s such an experienced manager and he’s done nearly everything in the game, so if he feels like that’s right then there must be some truth in it and I had to take it on the chin," Parrott told the News at Den website.
"I knew I just had to keep my head down in training and keep working hard. And getting this loan now is hopefully going to help me improve and push on.
"There were little conversations that were being had. I was speaking to coaching staff and players finding out what I needed to do to be better.
"Because obviously Mourinho has worked with some of the best strikers there’s ever been, to get advice off him was great.
"I knew what I needed to do. It was helpful advice."
Milwall finished just two points outside the play-off places in last year's Championship table but Parrott says manager Gary Rowett played a big part in his decision to relocate to South-East London, as did advice from fellow Ireland international Jayson Molumby, who spent last year on loan at The Den from Brighton.
"I just felt like I could trust him from the start," Parrott says of forner Birmingham, Derby and Stoke boss Rowett.
"I had a good gut feeling. I liked the way he explained the way the club worked, how everyone is together and how the team plays.
"I kind of bought into it and into him straightaway. That's really why I made the decision to come to Millwall.
"I spoke to Gary probably twice before anything was agreed and I just had that gut feeling that it was the right place for me to go. I obviously spoke to Jayson Molumby a lot about the club, he told me only good things.
"There were so many different factors that I had to take into account before I came. There were so many different things, but again the main thing for me was feeling comfortable and that sense of togetherness that Millwall has. That’s what made it for me.
"I watched last season and I saw how well they did. I don’t see why we can’t push on even more this season and get into those play-off positions.
"I was looking at the quality that they had, and when I met Gary it just sealed it for me."