Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has been called up to the Republic or Ireland senior squad at the tender age of 17, where manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed he will start against New Zealand this evening.
Although Parrott has made just one senior appearance for Tottenham in the EFL Cup this term, he is being tipped for greatness in north London and Ireland, where there are already early comparisons being drawn between himself and Robbie Keane.
Parrott has drawn praise from his fellow international teammates, too, with Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady revealing that he has been left impressed with what he has seen from the teenager in the Irish set-up so far.
Speaking to the Irish Times, the Clarets wide man said, “No one pushes on as quick as he has without going in and doing things right. He seems to have got his head down and trained well; he is pushing on great.
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“It’s great for him, he seems to have the backing of [Tottenham manager Mauricio] Pochettino to play in those games with Tottenham in pre-season, at such a young age. I watched a couple of the games and he didn’t look out of place. At such a young age, he’s a credit to himself.”
The fact that Parrott has been called up to Ireland’s senior squad at such a young age, having played only one match for Tottenham this season, speaks volumes about this young man’s potential.
Spurs don’t have a back-up out-and-out striker to support Harry Kane, with Son Heung-min often tasked with playing through the middle in the Englishman’s absence.
Indeed, if Parrott can continue with his impressive form for the Lilywhites’ under-23s, as well as taking this opportunity with Ireland, there is seemingly no limit to his potential.
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