Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that Troy Parrott will not get an opportunity at Tottenham next season.
After making his senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland back in November and being handed his Premier League debut for Spurs in December, it looked as if it was only a matter of time before Parrott would go on to achieve big things.
However, the teenager has hardly seen any minutes come his way since the turn of the new century, despite Tottenham’s numerous injury problems this season.
Spurs confirmed last week that the 18-year-old will miss the restart of the season after undergoing surgery to have his appendix removed.
Whelan insisted that if the Irishman could not get into the team when both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were injured, then he has no hope of getting game time when the pair are fit. He thus urged the striker to join a Championship side on loan next season.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I cannot see him getting an opportunity in the near future, not now that Harry Kane is fit and everyone is back in full training.
“He is a player that has got immense talent. But if Mourinho wanted to use him, he would have used him when Kane and Son were injured.
“If he cannot get a game when there is no strikers fit he was certainly not going to get any minutes when everybody is fit.
“He needs to get out on loan for a full season to a very good Championship side who play a good style of football. He needs to find out more about himself.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We are almost guaranteed to be in the market for a striker in the summer and so I would be extremely surprised if Parrott is not loaned out next season. He needs to be playing competitive football in order to continue his development. The pressure in a league like the Championship is immense in comparison to youth football and will help him to mature as a player.
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