Mick McCarthy sends message to Spurs fans following Troy Parrott call-up


Troy Parrott continues to fill Tottenham Hotspur fans with excitement about his raw potential.

The 17-year-old was included in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and subsequent Audi Cup competition in Munich and did not disappoint.

He was handed his senior first-team debut in the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United in late September and despite not featuring since he continues to be involved with the senior team on a daily basis during training at Hotspur Way.

Parrott played for Tottenham’s Under-19 side last week and stole the headlines when he scored four in their 9-2 UEFA Youth League thrashing against Red Star Belgrade.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy called up the striker to the senior team for the upcoming friendlies against New Zealand and Denmark, but has also urged Spurs fans to curb their expectations of the Dublin-born player when he reminded them that he is not yet an established first team player.

However, McCarthy did acknowledge Parrott’s prolificness in front of goal which could open the door to his first cap.

McCarthy told FAI TV: “He’s in the squad and he’ll have a chance of playing…He scored four goals against Red Star Belgrade and we don’t score that many, so if he’s in that kind of form it might be time for him.”

“Yeah they [Tottenham fans] do [want him to play], but whether they are ready or not to play is another matter.

“The excitement was at the start of the season when he went to a pre-season tour and he played in pre-season friendlies.

“There’s a big difference between playing in 21s, 23s or playing in the first team. If he’s in a rich vein of goalscoring form, we’ll have a look at him.”


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