‘I know the manager likes him’ – Ledley King waxes lyrical about this academy star

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have a host of brilliant academy starlets coming through the youth system at the moment, which was displayed by the win over Juventus.

Oliver Skipp was immense in the centre of the park, Kyle Walker-Peters kept Ronaldo quiet, Anthony Georgiou filled in at left-back, Japhet Tanganga looked at home next to Toby Alderweireld, and Troy Parrott led the line.

The latter could find himself thrust into the first team this season, with Llorente still nowhere to be seen and Vincent Janssen now sold to Monterrey (Tottenham).

Harry Kane is left as the only senior striker at the club, meaning that Poch may have to turn to the academy at some point this season.

Troy Parrott looks to be the whole package, with pace, height, a good footballing brain, and an eye for goal, which he showed against some of the best defenders in the world earlier this week.

Ledley King has been waxing lyrical about Parrott and his potential (Football London): “It’s up to him [how good he can be]. He’s in a great place where we have a manager almost wants young players to give him that problem, to come into the first team and that’s not always the case elsewhere.

“There are a lot of other teams and managers who look to buy first rather than trying to develop a player.

“Troy is an exciting prospect at the moment and I think what we like about him is his work ethic. He’s one of those players who rolls up his sleeves and puts in a shift for the team, regardless of how well he’s playing. He’s always putting in that work rate.

“I know the manager likes him and there are a few other young lads on the trip and it’s an exciting time for them as well. It’s great to know that if they do perform and keep progressing then there is a future for them at the club.”

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