Troy Parrott continues to be linked with a move to the Bundesliga.
According to The Mirror, Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the Ireland and Tottenham Hotspur forward, who doesn’t turn 18 until February.
German clubs have looked to Premier League clubs for untapped potential in recent seasons, identifying talented players who have found first-team opportunities limited.
Dortmund struck gold when they signed Jadon Sancho from Manchester City in 2017 for just £8m. Sancho is now an England international and one of the top-rated prospects in European football, expected to command a transfer fee of over £100m if he leaves Dortmund. While RB Leipzig signed Ademola Lookman from Everton on a permanent deal last summer after the forward excelled during a loan move with the Bundesliga side.
Parrott could be the latest Premier League talent to move to Germany in search of first-team football.
Parrott’s path to the Spurs first-team appeared to become more difficult earlier this week. On the night he scored against Sweden Under-21s at Tallaght Stadium, Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino. The next morning, Jose Mourinho was appointed Spurs manager and the Portuguese coach is not renowned for giving young players first-team opportunities.
Mourinho said he would promote young players if he felt they were ready for Tottenham’s first-team. However, actions will speak louder than words. Mick McCarthy seems sceptical about Parrott’s opportunities under the former Manchester United manager. The Ireland manager said on Friday:
“Well, he (Mourinho) has come in talking about the academy, So if that’s the case he (Parrott) will be quite pleased, because he will get games. But I bet he [Mourinho] doesn’t know him.”
Parrott is considered one of the best prospects in British football. The Dubliner has excelled for Stephen Kenny’s Ireland Under-21 side and made his senior international debut against New Zealand earlier this month.
He has made one senior appearance for Spurs – an EFL Cup tie against Colchester United in September – and has been a star performer for the club’s Under-23 side, scoring regularly in the Uefa Youth League. It appears only a matter of time – whether at Tottenham or another club – before he is playing regularly. He certainly has time on his side and won’t be short of options should he decide to make the move from White Hart Lane.