Millwall boss Gary Rowett has claimed that there is no substance to reports suggesting that Troy Parrott could be recalled by Tottenham Hotspur and insisted that the striker will come good at the New Den.
There was plenty of optimism among Spurs fans when it was announced in the summer that the striker would be loaned out to Millwall for the season.
However, the 18-year-old has endured an extremely hard time so far, initially missing the opening weeks of the Championship campaign due to injury (transfermarkt).
The teenager has made eight league appearances for the Lions since regaining his fitness but he is yet to open his goalscoring account for the club in a competitive fixture.
Football Insider claimed last week that seeing Parrott left on the bench in Millwall’s last two matches proved the final straw for Spurs, with the North Londoners deciding that they have enough evidence to cancel the loan deal and recall him in January.
However, Rowett insisted that being dropped from the side would be a learning curve for Parrott.
When asked about whether the striker could return to Spurs, the Millwall boss told London News Online: “I was a little bit surprised to read a story which I’m not sure how much credence that has got in terms of being real, because we certainly have not had anything from Tottenham in terms of that is their intention – to recall him.
“I think Troy came here with a view to a season of experiencing some of the ups and downs of professional football.
“He’s had his injuries which were frustrating and disappointing after such a strong pre-season. He’s been involved in 90 per cent of the games, when he has been fit.
“There are areas I’ve been pleased with and there are other areas, which I’ve spoken to him about, where I think he can improve his game. But he is a young player – we want to work with him and give him a season in the Championship that was always going to be a challenge for an 18-year-old.
“He’s a very, very good player and we know he is going to improve as the season goes on and he’s going to do what he needs to do to hopefully go back and challenge to be in Tottenham’s team.
“That was always the intention for me – nothing has changed. As far as I’m concerned there isn’t really any substance to the stories.”
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One can make the case that recalling Parrott and sending him out on loan to another club would afford him to have a fresh start. The striker certainly seems to be struggling for confidence at the moment.
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