Former Republic of Ireland midfielder, David Meyler is hoping that Troy Parrott is the man to help solve his nation’s troubles in front of goal.
Stephen Kenny’s side, who failed to scores again yesterday as they drew 0-0 to Bulgaria, have netted just once in their last eight matches.
Parrott was called up from the Under-21s to the senior squad earlier in the week after a spate of suspensions, injuries and COVID-19 positive cases (RTE).
The Tottenham striker came off the bench for a five-minute cameo against Bulgaria for what was just his second senior cap for his country.
The 18-year-old has endured a difficult few months due to injuries since his loan move to Millwall but will be hoping to make up for lost time at the Championship club, starting with their clash against Cardiff City this weekend.
Meyler is hopeful that the teenager can prove himself for Gary Rowett’s side and eventually carry that form into the international scene.
When asked whether Parrott can help solve Ireland’s problems in front of goal, the former Sunderland star told the Football Show on Sky Sports (18/11/20 at 11:05 am): “It’s very difficult to say. As you say, Troy is only 18, he turns 19 in February.
“Look, he has made two appearances for Tottenham. He has made one appearance for Millwall. Yes, he did pick up an injury.
“But if you look at the track record of his football in the underage groups, especially with Ireland U21’s, U19’s, etc… He has always scored goals.
“So, there has to be a massive positive there that we do have someone coming through the system that will score goals. So, please God, he can be the fella that can step up for Stephen Kenny.”
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