Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged fans to give Troy Parrott time to progress, maintaining that keeping him in the spotlight will not do him any favours.
The Republic of Ireland underage star was in sparkling form for Stephen Kenny’s U21 side in their 3-1 victory over Sweden earlier this week.
The 17-year-old scored two goals, including one audacious effort, to help Ireland maintain their spot at the top of their European Championship qualifiers.
“I think the progress was there because he had the possibility to be involved in pre-season. Now he’s more consistently training with the first team. But I think he needs time, we need to be relaxed.
“We cannot put his name in the spotlight every day because we’re not going to help him by doing that. He’s still so young.
“The best way to help him is to be calm and relaxed about him. If he’s going to be involved, perfect. If he’s going to be involved with the U23s instead, perfect.
“Sometimes he’ll train with us, good. Now it’s a process where he needs to be relaxed. If we put too much pressure, we’re going to force or push him to make a mistake and that’s what we don’t want.”
FT | Sweden 1-3 #IRLU21🇮🇪
Pure 🔥 as Stephen Kenny’s side turn on the style in Sweden 👏
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) September 10, 2019
While the Tottenham manager understands the current flurry of interest in the young striker, he maintains that other players are still higher up the pecking order, despite the club’s lack of options up front.
“The fans are excited when they saw me scoring in training on Twitter. The fans are so nice and so sensitive about many things. Of course, fans are always trying to discover different things.
“Always it’s exciting when a youngster arrives from the academy. People talk and the fans need to be relaxed. We have plenty of experienced players in our squad, senior players that are still above him.”