Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated the fact that 17-year-old Troy Parrott is their second choice striker, only behind Harry Kane in the pecking order.
Parrott, who is clearly very highly rated at the North London club, had been heavily involved in pre-season for Spurs starting against the likes of Manchester United and Juventus.
With the release of Fernando Llorente, who has joined Napoli, the Irish prospect now finds himself as essentially the sole back-up to their talismanic frontman Kane.
Pochettino included Parrott in the squad for Tottenham’s game against Newcastle last weekend although he did not make the bench, however ahead of the North London Derby against Arsenal, the Spurs boss confirmed that the 17-year-old is his second option up top.
A system which is far different from that of the Gunners who, as Pochettino points out, have spent £174m on their attacking line up over the last three years.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the Tottenham manager outlined the difference in the two clubs’ recent philosophies when it comes to their options going forward, with Spurs opting to promote an academy player in Parrott as opposed to spending 100’s of million.
“Arsenal, in the last two years, signed Aubameyang, the best striker in Germany; Lacazette, the best striker in France and, one year after, Pépé,” Pochettino said.
“If you see us in five years … now our main striker is Harry Kane but our second specific striker is 17 years old, Troy Parrott. That is the difference in the projects.
Pochettino’s faith in Parrott will no doubt be a big boost for the striker who was also recently included in the 40-man provisional Irish squad before joining up with Stephen Kenny’s U21s, with the 17-year-old still yet to make his debut at that level.
It’s highly unlikely that Parrott usurps Kane as Spurs’ primary option any time soon but to be second choice at one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs is no mean feat – especially for a 17-year-old.
The former Belvedere striker will be hoping to see his first taste of competitive senior football soon, with Tottenham’s Carabao Cup game against Colchester in three weeks time a prime opportunity for Parrott’s first start.