Mark Lawrenson has urged Tottenham striker Troy Parrott to go out on loan next season in search of first-team football, just as Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson has done during the current campaign.
Parrott is held in high regard in North London has seen his first team opportunities limited despite the striking crisis at the club.
Despite the team’s lack of options up front due to the injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Mourinho has insisted that the Irish striker is not yet ready for the Spurs first-team on a regular basis (Football.London).
Lawrenson believes that the youngster could benefit from playing competitive football on a regular basis just like Wilson has done on loan at Bournemouth this campaign.
The former Liverpool defender told Off The Ball: “Yes, absolutely [Parrott should look to go out on loan in the summer]. We are stood here at Goodison, but across the road at Liverpool, they have let one or two of them out, and they’ve let them out for a few years.
“It’s a two-way street because some of the players, look at Harry Wilson, who is at Bournemouth, he’s not going to get into Liverpool’s first-team. He did well at Derby and he’s doing really well at Bournemouth. If they sell him for £20 million, it’s paid for their academy.”
He also insisted that one can learn a lot about a youngster’s ability and fight by loaning him out to the Championship due to the unforgiving nature of the league.
Lawrenson added: “Also, until you let players out, you don’t know. Where do they play? That’s the other thing, so they play in the U23’s, but that doesn’t really mean a lot.
“They need to be playing. The Championship is brilliant. I am a massive Preston fan and I watch a lot of Preston. You see loads of loan players. That’s the way you can only see that they improve.
“Liverpool want Champions League players. Do I think Harry Wilson will play in the Champions League for Liverpool? But he might sign for a Burnley, or whatever to make £20-25 million.
“They have to play – Go in the Championship and just try it because that is dog eat dog. If you survive the Championship, you are going to be a player.”
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I believe Parrott would have completed a loan move in January had there not been the problem relating to him having to stay to qualify as homegrown in accordance with UEFA’s law. I expect us to sign a centre forward in the summer and so Parrott will almost surely be sent out on loan to a Championship club. Hopefully, he goes to a club where he will get a lot of game time and thus be able to prove why he’s so highly thought of.
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