Former PL Golden Boot winner urges Troy Parrott to leave Spurs in the summer

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, has urged Troy Parrott to leave Tottenham on loan next season in order to prove himself.

Parrott is one of the most highly-rated talents to graduate from the Spurs academy in recent years, with the teenager having a prolific goal record for the youth sides.

The Irishman was handed his Premier League debut by Jose Mourinho in the 5-0 win against Burnley in December but has found chances few and far between ever since.

In fact, despite the injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min this season, which left Spurs without a recognised striker in the squad, Parrot was still largely overlooked by Mourinho.

The Spurs boss has said on more than one occasion that the teenager is not yet ready to play consistently for the first-team (Football London). However, Phillips argues that the striker has to be playing regularly in order to continue progressing.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former PL Golden Boot winner said: “If you are not going to be involved week in and week out and not get game time – how are you going to develop your game?

“There is no substitution for playing week in and week out and developing your game and developing into a man.

“Everyone keeps talking about Troy Parrott and he has potential. Mick McCarthy said he was disappointed Troy Parrott did not go out on loan in January.

“I think we could see him in a different colour shirt next season. It will be interesting what sort of club he will go to.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We are probably going to bring in another striker in the summer having failed to do so during the January transfer window. So, I cannot see Parrott getting too much game time if he stays at Spurs next season. I expect him to be loaned out to a Championship club next campaign but we must be careful to send him to a club where he will get sufficient game time.

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