Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott is ‘close’ to moving to Millwall on a season-long loan deal, according to reports.
The 18-year-old is set to leave Spurs and follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane, who had a successful spell as a youngster at The Den. According to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, Millwall are close to completing a deal for the Republic of Ireland international.
Parrott is expected to undergo a medical in Dublin, as he returned home following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign.
Despite his young age, the teenager is already a fully-fledged international after earning his first cap for his country in the 3-1 victory over New Zealand, picking up an assist in the process.
Spurs announced that the Irishman underwent surgery to remove his appendix after showing early signs of appendicitis and Parrott missed the Premier League restart as a result. He returned to fitness in July but was not included in any of Jose Mourinho’s squads.
He made his debut in the English top flight for Tottenham last December, coming off the bench in the 5-0 win at home to Burnley this season. He has found his appearances limited as Mourinho has repeatedly insisted that he is “not ready” for competitive football.
Parrott is now prepared to temporarily swap the Lilywhites for the Lions, who have lacked goals since lockdown. Millwall forwards Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw have struggled to score since the Championship restarted and Gary Rowett is desperate to improve his firepower before the start of next season.
At this stage of his career, a loan move is surely best for everyone involved.
Parrott has bagged plenty of goals at youth level, scoring six times in four UEFA Youth League games (Transfermarkt), and he has shown he is more than capable of rising to any challenge if he is given the chance to prove himself.
Mourinho was unwilling to throw him in at the deep end despite the fact he was the club’s only recognised striker during Harry Kane’s lengthy absence. He needs to be playing regularly in order to test his strengths, which is something the Spurs manager is not prepared to guarantee.
For the sake of his own development as a player, the youngster should move to a Championship club to earn the experience that Mourinho has failed to give him.
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