Fitting that on the day Robbie Keane announces his retirement from professional football, the young man who could be his successor scores a wonderful goal for his old club Tottenham Hotspur.
16-year-old Troy Parrott is a player who has caught a lot of people’s attention in his short career so far, impressing for both Ireland and Spurs’ underage side.
Parrott is a striker in the mould of Keane and had been singled out by previous Irish manager Martin O’Neill as a young player he would consider calling up before his departure from the Boys in Green.
The Irish marksman was in action for Spurs’ U19s side in their UEFA Youth League game against Inter Milan and despite the London side going behind early, Parrott equalised tremendously to get his side quickly back into the game, unleashing a strike from the edge of the area that flew by fellow Irish man, and Inter captain, Ryan Nolan and into the top corner.
"How about that for a finish?!"
Troy Parrott found the very top corner with an absolute beauty for Spurs in the UEFA Youth League 🙌
A precision strike from the Irishman ☘️ pic.twitter.com/oGvUKva88p
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2018
The Tottenham development team are currently second in Group B of the competition, which resembles the Champions League format.
The senior sides of Inter Milan and Spurs do battle this evening as Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to jump above their Italian rivals in what’s been one of the most competitive groups in this season’s Champions League campaign.
Parrott was also heavily involved in the first group game between the U19s sides, winning a penalty after being fouled by fellow Irish prospect Inter Milan’s Ryan Nolan, and being sent off later in the game.
Clare’s Ryan Nolan just fouled Dublin’s Troy Parrot to concede a penalty in the U19 Champions League…… not a sentence I ever thought I’d type 😁 pic.twitter.com/45igCF7d2b
— Shane Keegan (@ShaneKeegan81) September 18, 2018
Should Parrott continue his impressive form at underage level, a call up to new Irish boss Mick McCarthy’s squad may not be too far away, considering the current goalscoring crisis the Boys in Green are currently going through.