Preston boss reveals first impressions of Troy Parrott despite lack of goals

Troy Parrott
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Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe has revealed that he has no doubt Troy Parrott will start scoring goals for the club sooner rather than later. 

Parrott has had a difficult start to life at Preston following his season-long loan move to the club in the summer.

The striker is yet to find the back of the net in his nine starts in the Championship, with his only goal this season coming in the 4-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the first round of the EFL Cup (Transfermarkt).

The 20-year-old has impressed with his ability to drop deep and link up play, just like he did during his spell at MK Dons last season, but the striker will be itching to get off the mark in the league. 

Lancs Live revealed that the on-loan Tottenham man had his poorest outing of the season in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley, with the publication giving him a rating of 4/10 for his performance.

However, Lowe is confident that it is only a matter of time before Parrott starts scoring goals.

The Preston boss told Lancs Live on Thursday: “You only have to look at Troy’s xG. Someone sent it to me the other day from social media and it’s fantastic; it’s just him converting them that can be a bit better.

“But he is a baby, he’s 20-years-of-age, so at some point he is going to start hitting the back of the net – I have full confidence in him.

“He’s fine, he’s alright. I’ll speak to him again today, we’ll have a discussion after training and go through some stuff – which we do all of the time.

“I think it’s important to have a look; Troy will be disappointed with his performance the other night, in terms of him not really getting many chances.

“I always say to the players, when they’re watching their clips back, not to look at the good stuff – because I expect that – but to watch the stuff you can get better at.

“That’s certainly what we do. We’ve obviously got to keep his spirits high and keep him doing the right things. I don’t think he is worried about Tottenham watching him because they’ve invested in him heavily, know what he’s about and where he will get to.

“But as I’ve said, he’s a 20-year-old kid even though it feels like he’s been around for a while. I have to be that father figure for him as the manager and ex-striker, to say ‘come on, we’ve got the belief in you’.

“You see some of his finishes in training and they are phenomenal. I have no question that, at some point, he will score goals because he did it last season albeit it was in League One.

“He played in a different formation for MK Dons – as a number 10 or coming off the left in a three up top. He’s definitely got goals in him.”

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It took Parrott a couple of months to find his goalscoring boots at MK Dons last season but he eventually ended the campaign with 17 goal contributions across all competitions (Transfermartk). The same could well happen at Preston as the 20-year-old’s confidence will be boosted as soon as he finds the back of the net a couple of times.

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