Mick McCarthy reveals how Robbie Keane is helping Spurs’ Troy Parrott

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Robbie Keane

Tottenham Hotspur legend, Robbie Keane, had a huge impact on the club during his own playing days, but his influence in North London may not yet be finished.

Keane played a total of 302 games for Spurs across two spells at the club and nine different seasons. He scored 122 goals in a Lilywhite shirt during his time at the club and has gone down in history as one of the best strikers to represent Spurs (Wikipedia).

However, Robbie may now have a part to play in training up the next big Irish striker to play for Tottenham, as he is now the Republic of Ireland assistant manager.

Keane has been working with young Troy Parrott this week, with the 17-year-old having been called up to the senior team for the fixtures against New Zealand and Denmark.

Mick McCarthy, the Ireland manager, claims that Keane has been helping with finishing tips in training, but Parrot has a long way to go to replicate Robbie’s career.

He said (Football London): “He was working with him yesterday and he’s one of the best Robbie, his movement to get himself chances. You can help him in terms of finishing, giving him tips until you see he’s fantastic at that.

“It’s just the all-round play of the striker. Robbie has been one of the best and if he can’t learn from him, he’s not going to learn from anybody.”

On how Parrott has been called up at 17, just as Keane was, McCarthy added: “It doesn’t take a special kind of player to be pitched in, it takes a special kind to go on and do what he did, how many years and how many caps and how many goals.”

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