Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, has now had two full training sessions to watch Spurs youngster Troy Parrott with the senior side.

This comes after the Ireland gaffer called Parrott up for the friendly against New Zealand and the EURO 2020 qualifier against Christian Eriksen’s Denmark this week.

However, is Tottenham and Pochettino’s treatment of the player affecting his fitness and match sharpness?

Parrott has only featured for Spurs in one match this season and that came against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup, where he lasted around an hour.

Since then, Parrott has been travelling with the first-team a lot, but at best appearing on the bench, never actually getting any game time.

Unfortunately, what Mick McCarthy implies, is that Parrott not playing regularly for either the Spurs first team or U23 side has affected his fitness.

He claims that the 17-year-old found it tough and was ‘breathing a bit’ after training with the Ireland team.

McCarthy said (Football London): “I think they get caught between being involved with the first team, travelling with the first team, and it’s something that happens at all clubs. The one who are nearly there, travel with the first but don’t play for them, don’t play for the U23s.

“I think his last game was when he scored four goals against Red Star Belgrade [in the UEFA Youth League last month]. So understandable that he was breathing a bit when he was training with us.”

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