17-year-old Spurs prodigy in line for senior call up

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott could soon be in line for a call up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad. Speaking to the Herald, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has suggested that Parrott has a great chance of making the Republic of Ireland squad for the game against Switzerland in September.

The 17-year-old was one of Tottenham’s most impressive players against Juventus and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup games held in Singapore and Shanghai respectively.

In the second game against United, in particular, the youngster led the line perfectly and impressed with his technical quality and hold up play.

Parrott, who has been compared to Spurs and Republic of Ireland legend Robbie Keane, is no stranger to playing above his age group having already represented Tottenham at U-23 level (Irish Times).

His performances in Asia certainly seem to have impressed McCarthy, who said that the young striker will be a shoo-in in his squad if he is in and around the Tottenham first team at the start of next season.

The 60-year-old said, “If he is playing in the first game of the season if he is starting and playing for Spurs, he’ll have to be a shoo-in for the squad.

“He’s got to be playing really, to play. But if he is in the squad with Spurs with a chance of coming on – Mauricio Pochettino has proved to be a great coach, so I’m not going to be daft enough to suggest he isn’t good enough to come and play for us.

“My concern is Switzerland but if Troy Parrott is in and around the (Spurs) first team he has every chance of being involved in that (squad), for sure. If he is playing in the Tottenham team, I’ll use him for the first-team squad.”

Spurs Web Opinion

From his displays against Juventus and Manchester United, it looks like the youngster is certainly destined for a career in the top level. However, using him as Harry Kane’s understudy next season would be a step too soon. We at Spurs Web believe that Parrott needs to be slowly integrated into the first-team squad over the next two seasons.

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