Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott stayed and trained with the first-team during the club’s outing to Greece this week, according to Football.London.
The 17-year-old eventually played for the under-19s in their UEFA Youth League match against Olympiakos, with the youngster scoring in a 1-1 draw.
The Irish-born forward featured in pre-season for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and was praised by the Argentine manager, who asked for patience in his development.
He said: “The best way to help him is to be calm and relaxed about him. If he’s going to be involved, perfect.”
“If he’s going to be involved with the Under-23s instead, perfect. Sometimes he’ll train with us, good.” (Source: talkSPORT)
With Fernando Llorente’s contract coming to an end, Parrott could find himself getting first-team action if injuries begin to pile-up. After Harry Kane, the youth team player is the only out-and-out striker in Tottenham’s squad for the season ahead (via Transfermarkt). Indeed, while an injury to Kane doesn’t make for good reading, Parrott has the goal-scoring potential to replace the imperious forward, at least in theory.
In 32 games across various youth levels, Parrott has scored a mass 23 goals and assisted a further five. He has shown that he has the quality to play up-front for Pochettino, should the opportunity arise.
Across the last three seasons, Kane has suffered two injuries per season, showing he has the tendency to spend some time on the sidelines.
Despite his tender age, Parrott has shown across the various youth levels that he is more than ready to make the step up in place of the England international if he gets the nod.
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