Report: Manager hints at senior call-up for Troy Parrott

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Troy Parrott
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There is a lot of excitement around Tottenham striker Troy Parrott both at the club as well as in his home country.

The 17-year-old enjoyed a prolific campaign last time out and also impressed with his performances in preseason.

The young centre forward has once again had a prolific start to the season this time around netting seven goals in five matches in all competitions so far (Transfermarket.com), which includes a four-goal display against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday in the UEFA Youth League.

Despite his tender age, he has already represented Ireland at Under-21 level but Mick McCarthy is yet to hand him a senior appearance.

However, that might be set to change soon with McCarthy now dropping his biggest hint yet that the Spurs striker might be ready to be handed his first cap for the national side.

The 60-year-old insisted that next month’s friendly against New Zealand could be the perfect opportunity for Parrott to get his chance.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, McCarthy said, “We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level.

“We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team.

“New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.

“Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him a world of good.”

Spurs Web Opinion

There is certainly a lot of expectations on Parrott’s shoulders both at Spurs as well as in Ireland. While the young striker is certainly extremely talented, we must be patient with him and give him the time he needs to develop. A loan spell to a Championship club will do his development a world of good.

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