Millwall manager reveals why it was so difficult to get Parrott on loan from Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Millwall manager, Gary Rowett, has been singing the praises of young Troy Parrott this afternoon after Tottenham announced that he would be joining the Championship side on loan.

Parrott has been highly thought of at Spurs for a number of years now, although he has found minutes on the pitch few and far between at first-team level.

In fact, the 19-year-old made just four senior appearances last season, although he did manage 11 goals in 11 games at all age levels (TransferMarkt).

With Millwall having finished eighth in the Championship last season, Spurs will be hoping to see Parrott get plenty of first-team minutes in an ambitious side next season.

Rowett revealed today that it was difficult for Millwall to get the Parrott deal over the line due to interest from so many other Championship clubs and teams elsewhere.

He also implied that he will be looking to operate Parrott within any of the front three positions throughout the 20/21 season.

Rowett told MillwallFC.com: “I’m really happy to get the deal over the line. It took a lot of work, and Alex [Aldridge] and Steve [Kavanagh] have worked really hard to get it done.

“There were a lot of clubs in The Championship, and beyond, who wanted Troy – that’s how highly he is regarded. We’re pleased that Tottenham, and Troy himself, chose us as the preferred option. I think that shows what we think we’ve got to offer, a) as a club, b) with fans, when they’re back, and c) the way the team is developing.

“For a number of reasons, it’s a really important signing for us and I’m pleased to get it over the line.

“He’s got lots of ability, that extra bit of quality we’re looking for – especially in his finishing – and he is mobile, hungry, aggressive and athletic. I think he’s got a little bit of everything. But, he’s a young player, and like any, you might not see that straight away.

“We’ll have to work with him throughout the season. He can play anywhere in the front three areas, which is important to us to add goals, flexibility and options in those types of positions. We’ll have to be patient with him, though – he’ll have some really strong parts but also some dips. We’ll do our work and see him through it. Hopefully, he can have a real impact.”

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