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Tottenham Hotspur: The case for Troy Parrott

Tottenham Hotspur: The case for Troy Parrott

Tottenham Hotspur youth star Troy Parrott once again grabbed the eyes of the supporters after another tremendous display on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21’s.

The 17-year-old managed to bag three times on international duty the other week, making it eight goals in 15 appearances at youth level for the boys in green (as per Transfermarkt) and four in four for the U21’s. Indeed, now, Football Insider even suggest major clubs such as Bayern Munich are keen on the player.

The likes of Reo Griffiths and Keanan Bennetts (who FI describe as two of their most highly-rated academy prospects) recently left north London early in their careers, so the club do have previous when it comes to losing talent. Still, more must be done in this case.

The youngster has yet to make an appearance for Spurs’ first-team, although he did impress during pre-season in fixtures against the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United.

Clearly, the teenager is a talent given the apparent interest in him, and despite being such a young age, it looks like it could be time to bring him into the senior side.

Here are two reasons why…

HE’S IN RED HOT FORM

As mentioned, Parrott is fresh from netting three goals for Ireland’s U21’s, which comes after the Spurs man netted two in just 31 minutes in his season debut recently. [Transfermarkt]

Just last season, Parrott bagged an incredible 19 goals and five assists in 23 appearances for Spurs’ youngsters, including winners against the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.

Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino has a magnificent track record of helping form some of the finest young talents in the Premier League, with Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Harry Winks all finding their feet under the Argentine’s leadership, and perhaps now is the time Parrott follows suit.

BACKUP FOR KANE

As long as he is fit, Harry Kane will presumably start for Spurs given all he has done for a number of years now, but if he were to be sidelined, Pochettino would have a bit of a disaster on his hands, with such a lack of options up top.

The Englishman is Spurs’ only recognised centre-forward in the senior side, and although Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min can play the role, the two are needed on the flanks, with little alternatives there also.

So, step forward, Troy Parrott. The Irishman is an out-and-out striker and will be needed based solely on the potential that Kane could miss matches through injury, just as he did last season.

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