Alasdair Gold believes it is down to Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett with regards to how successful they can become at Tottenham Hotspur.
While Harry Kane was rarely tipped as the next big thing during his own academy days, or even when he started going out on loan for that matter, the same cannot be said for Parrott and Scarlett.
For the past two seasons, Scarlett has been painted as the gem of the Spurs academy, while that title arguably belonged to Parrott for the two years before that.
Out on his first professional loan spell at Portsmouth this season, Scarlett already has four goals and an assist to his name across all competitions (TransferMarkt). He also has ten senior Spurs appearances to his name at just 18 years of age (TransferMarkt).
20-year-old Parrott has only appeared four times for the Spurs first-team, but impressed out on loan at MK Dons last season, scoring ten and assisting seven from a number 10 role (TransferMarkt).
Asked in his latest YouTube video which was the better prospect, Alasdair Gold said: “It’s down to them, to be honest with you.
“If you ask people around the club, certainly there’s a lot of excitement about Dane. Obviously, he’s younger and they believe he can be [the] very best.
“But everyone was saying that about Troy as well. This is the key bit for all of these players, these couple of years between essentially 17-18 until they’re 20-21. We saw when Harry Kane developed as well.
“With Troy, he’s getting some really important loan experiences right now. Preston this year, MK Dons last year. Ipswich before, Millwall as well.
“It all creates him as a player. It’s all down to them [Parrott and Scarlett].
“I’ve seen both of them play a lot of academy football and they’re two of the best finishers I’ve seen as young players.
“But ultimately, it’s which one gets their head down, works the hardest, has a bit of luck because you need that as a young player.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
There is becoming a theme of Scarlett vs Parrott in the Spurs academy, as they will likely eventually compete for first-team chances in the next two seasons. However, there is no reason why both can’t become star players for the Lilywhites, if given the chance to shine.
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