Troy Parrott has been included in Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team squad for their pre-season tour.
Parrott joined his teammates on the flight to Singapore on Wednesday afternoon. Spurs take on Juventus in the city on Sunday before travelling to Shanghai to play Manchester United next Thursday.
Tottenham’s young Irish striker could be in contention to get some playing time on the pre-season tour, as Harry Kane is the only other recognised centre forward in the squad.
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Parrott only turned 17 back in February but is rated highly by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine was reportedly impressed with Parrott’s performances in training last season and is expected to involve him in the first-team squad for the upcoming Premier League season.
Spurs did not release the Dubliner to play for the Republic of Ireland in the Under-19 European Championships, which is currently taking place in Armenia. It now appears that the London club made that decision because they wanted Parrott to be involved with their first-team.
Last season, the former Belvedere striker scored 14 goals in just nine games for Tottenham in the Under-18 Premier League.
He also found the net in the Uefa Youth League, the Champions League for youth teams. He is only starting out in his career, but Parrott appears to have the potential to develop into a top-class footballer.
However, former Ireland and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane recently urged people not to place too much pressure on Parrott’s shoulders at this early stage of his career.
“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.”