Opinion: Why Tottenham need to be patient with Troy Parrott

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Troy Parrott
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Troy Parrott has had a rough season so far. His loan to Millwall in the Championship did not go well and the youngster was subsequently recalled and loaned to Ipswich in League 1.

Parrott has drawn praise from both Gary Rowett, the Millwall manager, and Paul Cook, the Ipswich manager. Both commended his work rate which is a great sign when it comes to young players who want to reach the next level.

Parrott has also had a lot of pressure on him from Spurs fans to be the next “Harry Kane.” The Irishman will also no doubt be feeling more pressure to prove himself after Dane Scarlett’s emergence.

Parrott may have been concerned with the fact that Mourinho continually claimed that he was not “ready” for first-team football but has subsequently given Scarlett, a 16-year-old, three appearances this season.

However, it is important to remember that Parrott is still a teenager himself and is now getting first-team minutes at senior level. He also registered his first senior-level assist and goal this season, the latter coming in the past week.

Parrot’s first goal of his senior career was struck into the back of the net on Saturday. Hopefully, the young Irishman will be able to build on that performance and start banging in the goals regularly for Ipswich.

These experiences could help to develop him into a world-class striker similar to Kane. We must remember that Harry didn’t exactly have dream loan spell after dream loan spell.

It is worth noting that the season in which Kane turned 19, he made his Europa League debut with Spurs after scoring just five goals in League 1. So, while Parrott may be behind Kane right now, there is still plenty of time for the Irishman to catch up.

Parrott has also already made his international debut for Ireland. It is admittedly much easier than making a debut for England but is nonetheless an impressive accomplishment.

Overall, Spurs fans should be patient with Parrott and let him continue to develop. In a few years, we could have two forwards in Scarlett and Parrott to lead the line for many years to come.

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