‘My own player’ – Troy Parrott opens up on Harry Kane comparisons

Troy Parrott
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Troy Parrott has insisted he is unfazed by Harry Kane comparisons and admits he looks towards the Tottenham striker for inspiration around his own game. 

Parrott has emerged as one of Spurs’ brightest prospects over the last few years since moving from Dublin to join the club in 2017. 

The Republic of Ireland striker has enjoyed a positive spell on loan with League One side MK Dons this term, in which he has contributed to 16 goals in 44 appearances (Transfermarkt). 

The move to the Buckinghamshire-based club has seen Parrott round his skills out as a hard-working No 10, but also as a forward cutting inside from the wing. 

It will hopefully prepare the 20-year-old adequately for a return to Spurs and more time with club talisman Kane, who has been in strong form since the turn of the year. 

And Parrott, whose attacking style is often compared Kane’s, believes he can take inspiration from the England captain’s skills to improve his own game. 

He told The Athletic: “Obviously I want to be my own player. But Kane is so good in terms of his finishing, his passing — why wouldn’t I try and take little bits from there? 

“But it’s not only taking bits from Kane because he plays for Tottenham. It’s taking things wherever you can that will make you better. It’s not annoying in any way [the comparisons], it’s just how it is.

“When you see him on TV you don’t get to see him going to the gym before training, you don’t get to see the way he trains every day.

“So these are the main things you get to see up close — even now, as good as he is at finishing, he’s still doing extras, still trying to get better. Even when people think his finishing probably can’t really improve. Just not settling.

“That’s something everyone should take. There’s no downside to having that relentlessness in your game. I look at that and think to be at that level these are the things you need to do.”

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Parrott could develop a similar style to Kane considering he also isn’t the quickest and often likes to link up the play. Obviously, he has a long way to go to get close to such a level, but he has time on his side and that could be achievable the higher the level he reaches. 

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