Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott has been honoured with a call up to the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad despite being just seventeen years of age.
Great things are expected of the teenager, both at Tottenham as well as for his home country, where he is potentially being talked up as the next Robbie Keane.
Parrott has impressed at Spurs over the last year, so much so that he earned his senior debut against Colchester in the Carabao Cup this season.
Parrott was part of the first-team squad for the pre-season tour in the summer and put in some impressive displays against some top-quality opposition. He has been included as a part of Tottenham’s Champions League squad by Mauricio Pochettino.
Experienced Irish midfielder Robbie Brady has revealed that even he has been left impressed with what he has seen of Parrott in the Irish set up so far.
Speaking to the Irish Times, the Burney 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.
“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.”
Brady also revealed that the Spurs youngster has impressed during training this week in particular. He added, “He’s a confident young lad; he didn’t train like he was nervous yesterday. It didn’t seem to faze him at all.
“It’s a great boost if there are people like him coming in and around; he’s clever, he’s got an eye for a pass, an eye for a goal, a big frame. Hopefully, he can contribute something this week.”
When asked to describe Parrott’s strengths, Brady told Sky Sports News (12/11/19 as relayed by HITC), “The physicality, the size of him for a 17-year-old, he’s a big lad. But he’s come in with a smile on his face and it’s exciting times now.
“We will try to help him feel at home, but he seems to be settling in quite quick and good, so it’s quite good to have him in.”
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It is certainly a great experience for Parrott to be rubbing shoulders with so many experienced professionals and being involved in the high-pressure environment of international football. Hopefully, Mick McCarthy will give him the opportunities to show what he can do.
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