Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has got a lot of people to stand up and take notice of his performances in youth football last season.
The 17-year-old was prolific in front of goal, and also impressed with his displays during pre-season when he was involved with the first team.
The teenager is rated extremely highly at the club and has even been named in the Champions League squad by Mauricio Pochettino.
Big things are expected of the youngster in his home country too with many believing that he is the nation’s biggest goal-scoring talent since former Spurs star Robbie Keane.
The youngster was handed his first cap for Ireland U-21 as he came off the bench against Sweden on Tuesday and marked his debut with a brace.
Calls have been growing for the Spurs man to be included in Ireland’s senior team but manager Mick McCarthy has said that the youngster has to break into Tottenham’s first team to win a place in the senior squad (Independent).
Parrott has now responded to McCarthy’s comments and insisted that he is happy to leave the decision up to the manager and that he is enjoying playing for the U-21s.
Speaking to The Irish Independent, the youngster said, “Mick is the gaffer and picks the squad he believes will win him matches,” said the Dubliner.
“He’s made his mind up and I’ve no problem with that. I’m eligible for a few different age-groups and would happily represent Ireland at any level.
“I’m just looking forward to the next Under-21 game against Italy in Dublin.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The excitement of Spurs and Ireland fans is understandable given that Parrott not only seems to have an abundance of talent but also a fantastic attitude. However, we must be careful not to put too much pressure on the youngster too early and give him time to develop into the player he can be.
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