Former England striker Kevin Phillips has urged Tottenham Hotspur to allow youngster Troy Parrott to go out on loan in the near future.
The 18-year-old recently signed a new contract at Spurs which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2023 (tottenhamhotspur.com). However, he has only managed to play five minutes of Premier League football this term (Transfermarkt) and that is despite him being the club’s only recognised centre-forward at present due to Harry Kane’s injury.
Parrott was given his Republic of Ireland debut back in November by Mick McCarthy, but the former Ipswich Town boss recently admitted that he wishes the player had gone out on loan in the January transfer window to get more minutes under his belt (Sky Sports).
It seems that his view is shared by Phillips, who thinks that the young striker would definitely benefit from a temporary move away from the north London club. Speaking about Parrott’s current situation, the ex-Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I agree with Mick McCarthy with regards to the lad, Parrott, at Tottenham. He’s very disappointed that the kid never went out on loan, and I 100% agree with him.
“For the kid’s career and his progression – yeah, put him on a new deal, but then ship him out on loan for the back end of the season. Go and play football. You’re at an age now where you should be playing week in and week out, getting better, progressing.
“I was very surprised that one never happened.”
It is hard to argue with Phillips here. You would think that a loan move away from Tottenham would be a good thing for Parrott at this stage of his career.
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As already mentioned, the 18-year-old has played just five minutes of league football this season. His only other first-team appearance came way back in August in an EFL Cup tie against Colchester United (Transfermarkt). He has been scoring goals aplenty at youth level, including six strikes in four UEFA Youth League appearances and two in one Premier League 2 game (Transfermarkt).
However, he now needs to test himself on a regular basis in first team football and with it looking unlikely that Jose Mourinho is going to give him that chance anytime soon, a loan move would surely suit all parties right now. It would benefit the player as he would gain vital experience, which would in turn benefit Spurs, whose young player would then come back better equipped to challenge for a place in their squad.
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