Liam Brady has said that Troy Parrott should look to secure a loan move away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The Irish forward has excelled for the team’s Under-23 team and tops the goal scoring charts for the Uefa Youth League with six goals. Parrott also has impressed for the Ireland Under-21 team and earned his senior international debut earlier this month against New Zealand, where he set up a goal for Sean Maguire.
Despite not turning 18 until February, the Dubliner appears more than ready for senior football. Yet, he may find that hard to come by at Tottenham now that Jose Mourinho is his manager.
The Portuguese coach said he would give Spurs’ youngsters a chance if he felt they were good enough, but his record in management suggests otherwise. Mourinho has tended to prefer older, more experienced players. So Parrott, who has made one appearance for Tottenham’s first-team – starting in an EFL Cup tie against Colchester United in September – may need to look for opportunities away from north London.
However, as Brady said on RTÉ, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as a loan move would help him develop. He warned against the player going to another big club at this stage of his career though, as he could find first-team opportunities limited. Parrott has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
“I think he needs to go somewhere where he is going to play,” Brady said following Tottenham’s 4-2 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
“Going to Dortmund or Bayern at 17, I don’t think it guarantees him playing time. I’d like to see him get a loan move, I don’t think he needs to leave Tottenham (permanently).
“I remember when Jermain Defoe was a young player at West Ham United, he was only 17, he went on loan to Bournemouth and they were two leagues below the Premier League. But he was scoring goals and playing against men and I think that’s what Parrott has to do now.”
“I’d like to see him get a loan move. I don’t think he needs to leave Tottenham. There is plenty of time for him to get experience elsewhere and come back and get into the Spurs team.”
However, Kevin Doyle claimed that Parrott could win Mourinho over if “he’s that good.” The former Ireland striker also said that Parrott cannot use Mourinho’s arrival “as an excuse” if his career was to stall over the next year or two.
“If he’s that good, he will impress Jose Mourinho or somebody else on loan. Mourinho might not be there for more than a couple of years,” Doyle said.
“That should be of no issue to him and he shouldn’t be using that as an excuse in a few years time that this manager came in and his career stalled.”
Brady interjected and said that Mourinho has “no track record” of promoting young players – so, in essence, it won’t matter how good the young player is if the manager has no intention of using him.
You can watch the RTÉ panel discussion here: