17-year old Irish striker Troy Parrott was in the thick of the action in the first half for Tottenham in his first start for the senior side as they faced Juventus in the International Champions Cup.
Parrott was named in the Spurs starting XI for the first time by Mauricio Pochettino for the game against the Italian giants as he looks to stake a claim in the senior setup for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Both Spurs and Juventus named strong teams ahead of the clash with the likes of Dele Alli, Heung Min Son, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon all in action.
📸 🇮🇪 Troy Parrott getting his first taste of first-team action tonight!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 21, 2019
The Irish striker was involved early picking out Son with a lovely pass just ten minutes in however the South Korean could only find the side netting with his effort.
Parrott and Son then linked up well again as the 17-year old flicked Georgiou’s cross into the path of the Spurs number seven but once again he couldn’t find the finish.
If the occasion was a massive one for Parrott he certainly didn’t let it show, another low effort crowded out by the stern Juventus defence as he continued to grow into the game.
Then came the goal, another move Parrott was heavily involved in as the former Belvedere striker linked up well again with Son before getting a strike away on Buffon’s goal.
🙌 Troy Parrott denied by Buffon but Erik Lamela guides it home
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) July 21, 2019
The Italian keeper made a strong save but the shot found it’s way to Erik Lamela who tapped the ball home for the Tottenham opener.
Parrott then found himself with the ball in the net however the linesman adjudged that Son was offside in the build-up.
After a very impressive first-half, many Spurs fans took to Twitter to praise the excellent performance of their young frontman, before he was replaced at half-time by Harry Kane
Troy Parrott is quality, really don’t know if we need another back-up to Kane if we promote him to the first team. Then again he still needs to be playing regular football
— Leo (@LeoTHFC_) July 21, 2019
Troy Parrott looks promising. I hope Poch give him chance this season as backup for Harry Kane
— Aristianto (@FX_Aristianto) July 21, 2019
Parrott has a BRIGHT, bright future. What a talent.
— Adil Khan (@ad_ilkhan) July 21, 2019
First half thoughts:
Parrott is very hard working, created a few chances and had the shot that led to the Lamela goal.
Georgiou looks promising, good going forward but a few mistakes.
Tangana looks very calm on the ball.
I feel like everyone has played really well. Thoughts?
— All Things Spurs (@AllThingsSpurs0) July 21, 2019
More than Parrott touches & hold up play, most impressive for me is the runs he is making consistenly and creating space for others. He seems to be making all the correct decisions most times. Thats a sign of matured player…and he is only 17
— arunSpurs (@arunspurs) July 21, 2019