Tottenham Hotspur youngster, Troy Parrott, has been training with the senior Republic of Ireland team this week ahead of their upcoming international fixtures.
Parrott was included in the final senior squad to come up against New Zealand in a friendly, as well as Denmark in a EURO 2020 qualifier. Could the 17-year-old end up facing Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen?
Troy made his Spurs debut earlier this season against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup after impressing on the pre-season tour of Asia.
He has also been regularly travelling and training with the first-team in North London as Pochettino seemingly looks to ease him into that set-up.
Parrott has played three UEFA Youth League games for Spurs this season, scoring five goals. He also has two goals in one game for the Premier League 2 side (Transfer Markt).
Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, does not believe that he has seen Parrott’s full potential in just a few training sessions, but did highlight one moment of magic that caught his eye.
He said (Football London): “I’ve seen a bright, very intelligent footballer who is very good with the ball at his feet. He did some really good things yesterday. I think he found it tough enough. We had a tough session. They hadn’t done anything at the weekend so it was a pretty intense one. He enjoyed it and he’s very capable, there’s no doubt about that.
“I don’t think I’ve seen the full potential just yet in the couple of training sessions we’ve just had, but there are little things. We did something yesterday where the ball came into him, he turned and got his shot off and it was terrific. You can just see from that one little moment.
“He’s only done two sessions with us. Over the course of two or three camps, I could probably see something. I don’t want him to be reminding me of anyone really, I just want him to be a really good player for himself.”
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