Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he sees 17-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott as a “very important player” for the club in the future after his first team debut on Tuesday night.
Parrott was handed his first competitive start for the Tottenham in their Carabao Cup clash with Colchester but the game ended in disappointment as Spurs were defeated on penalties by their League Two opponents.
The 17-year-old did not look out of place in senior football, but failed to find the net before being replaced by Christian Eriksen mid-way through the second half.
Regardless of the result it’s another step in the right direction for Parrott who recently made his debut for the Irish U21s as well as being included in the provisional senior squad for the first time.
Pochettino was quizzed on Parrott after the game and outlined that the young striker is going to be a very important player for the club in the future but he still feel he needs more time and experience before becoming a first team regular like a number of the squads academy standouts.
“He needs time, he is so young,” Pochettino told Football.London.
“For sure he is going to be a very important player for Tottenham in the future but maybe it needs one or two years of being involved and playing in this type of game, like Japhet, like Oliver Skipp. Young players need the space in the squad like it was five years ago with Eric Dier, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane.
“We need to create this belief and space again for the younger players to find their natural space in the squad. We are still trying to fix this. We need time with the young players, we need time with the new signings like Ryan Sessegnon, like Tanguy Ndombele, it will make us stronger.”
The Tottenham manager had previously outlined that Parrott is currently the club’s second choice striker, but it’s unlikely that he sees much more first team action, barring injury, before Spurs enter the FA Cup in January.
He will however be hoping that he can at least feature on the bench in the Premier League which would be the next logical step in his young career.
Parrott will also likely see himself involved with the Irish U21s ahead of their crucial European qualifiers against Italy and Iceland next month.