Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has urged Tottenham Hotspur starlet Troy Parrott to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane and head out on loan to continue his footballing development.
The 18-year-old who boasts of a prolific goal record for the youth sides is one of the most highly-rated talents to graduate from the Spurs academy in recent years.
He was handed his Premier League debut with a late cameo by Jose Mourinho in the 5-0 win over Burnley back in December but the Irishman has barely had any opportunities since then despite the injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold revealed recently that Spurs are mindful that the recruitment of a younger striker this summer could block Parrott’s path to the first-team, which suggests that the coaching staff do have big expectations for the youngster.
However, Mills feels that the best thing for the 18-year-old’s development would be to get out of his comfort zone at Spurs and go out on loan to a club where he will get regular minutes.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former England international said: “He is getting excellent development at a massive club but once you have got beyond that and you are good enough to be in the first-team somewhere there is no substitute for playing football.
“He needs to be brave and accept it is not going to happen this season. Harry Kane did it, Tammy Abraham has done it. David Beckham and John Terry did it.
“You can only learn so much in training. It is about having to make decisions that matter. Decisions do not matter at under-23 level. They don’t cost people their jobs, three points, win bonuses, or relegation.
“It is going from a child’s world into an adult world. Suddenly your decisions have far greater consequences.”
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Pochettino prefered the young players he rated highly to stay and train with the first-team but Mourinho has relaxed that policy since coming in. I expect us to sign a centre forward this summer, in which case, Parrott will likely to be loaned out to a Championship club next season.
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