Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe has come to the defence of Troy Parrott, insisting that the on-loan Tottenham man does not get the credit he deserves for the amount of work he does off the ball.
Parrott has not had a good start to the season, having found the back of the net just once in 14 matches across all competitions for the Championship club since his loan move (Transfermarkt).
The 20-year-old endured another frustrating afternoon in front of goal last Saturday as Preston were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with LancashireLive giving him a rating of just 5/10 for his display.
The striker also struggled for the Republic of Ireland during last month’s international break as he came under criticism from the Irish press for his lack of attacking threat (The Irish Times).
However, Lowe has said that he is happy with the performances Parrott has put in, insisting that the striker makes his teammates’ lives easier.
The Preston boss told LancashireLive: “With Troy, I’ll keeping speaking to him and we’ll have a conversation today regarding a couple of things.
“I feel that sometimes, he does a lot of work for other teammates really. I watched him the other night for Ireland and he did a lot of that for other players. If he limits that, he can create more for himself.
“Troy tries to make amends for other people but ultimately, he needs to start being judged on goals because he is creating loads of chances and works ever so well on and off the ball.
“I am a big believer that he will start scoring goals, definitely, because he is getting the chances. You can go through those rough patches, where you’re not scoring, but we’ve got to keep him in a good place.
“What I don’t want is for him to be down about it and people giving him stick about it – which is the world of social media isn’t it? I have got to keep him grounded so that when that next chance comes along he takes it and I am sure he will.”
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Parrott cannot be blamed for his lack of goals as Preston themselves have scored just three goals in the Championship so far this season. That suggests that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way Lowe’s side play, and the 20-year-old has been a victim of that.
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