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Report: Troy Parrott To Be Involved With Tottenham First Team Next Season

Ireland underage international Troy Parrott is reportedly set to be involved in Tottenham’s first team plans next season after impressing manager Mauricio Pochettino in training.

According to a report from Football.London, the 17-year old caught Pochettino’s eye training with the first-team during the second half of last season and is expected to be more involved in the senior setup ahead of the next campaign.

Parrott, who has been out of action over the last few months with a leg injury, is expected to join up with the Tottenham first team for their Asian Tour, if he is fit, however, he could be released by the club to play in the upcoming U19s European Championships.

The talented striker had a wonderful campaign last season for Spurs’ underage sides, scoring 14 goals in just nine games in the U18 Premier League and travelled with the Tottenham first team on a couple of occasions.

With Fernando Llorente often flattering to decieve as Spurs’ back-up centre-forward option, there could be an opportunity for Parrott as the second choice behind their main man Harry Kane should they fail to add to their attacking arsenal during the summer.

The chance to play at such a high level may also elevate him in the eyes of Irish boss Mick McCarthy who is in desperate need of a goalscorer in his team.

Parrott had been fast-tracked to the Irish U21 squad by Stephen Kenny in March having impressed with both the U17s and U19s but missed out on their first European qualifier through injury.

Speaking to the media a few weeks ago McCarthy explained that he had yet to see Parrott play in person thanks to his injury but if he is good enough, he would be open to giving the young striker a chance.

“I’ve only had reports on him because he’s been injured but I’d love to see him playing. “He looks really good. Yes, I’d like to see him. Would I give him a chance if he’s good enough? Of course, I would.”

The former Belvedere standout has also been likened on numerous occasions to Robbie Keane due to his affiliation with Spurs and his eye for goal at such a young age.

Speaking about Parrott, Keane praised the 17-year old but outlined that it was important not to pigeon-hole him into being the next Robbie Keane

“We have to be careful with Troy Parrott,” Keane said.

“I think all of us here have to be careful that we’re not pigeonholing him into being the next me. It’s him. He’s Troy Parrott. Let him develop as a young player.

“He’s got ability, I speak to Pochettino all the time and he loves him. Jesus (Perez) the assistant manager loves him. He definitely has potential but he’s 17 and I know I got thrown in at 17 but he’s still young.

“He’s got a lot of potential. People at Tottenham love him. He’s a lovely lad but when he gets the opportunity to go to the U21s he certainly has a chance but it’s up to him.

“He’s got everything but it’s how do you get from there to there.”

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]