Troy Parrott revealed he is focused on impressing Antonio Conte over Tottenham’s pre-season schedule after reflecting on his loan spell with MK Dons last season.
The 20-year-old striker spent the full campaign with the Dons but endured a mixed season with the League One club under manager Liam Manning.
His displays started at a timid pace but he picked up his performances in the final few months, tallying 10 goals and seven assists as the Buckinghamshire outfit fell during the play-offs (Transfermarkt).
Parrott has since reflected on his period with MK Dons and admitted he had to take some time to himself when things weren’t going well in order to turn it around.
He told Football.London: “In a way yes [I had to kick on]. I just wanted to give it everything.
“I realised the loan wasn’t going too well at that stage of the season and I needed to have a big six months for the second half of the campaign to come back here full of confidence and playing well.
“I think that’s what I did, to be honest. I was trying to give my best every game, giving my all and it went well from that point.
“I think, from speaking to other players, everyone goes through a bit of their own stuff. I don’t think you can put your finger on just one thing.
“It’s a number of things coming together and just making sure you prepare right and when you’re on the pitch doing the things that will keep you on the pitch. Just make yourself too hard to drop and that’s what I was trying to do in every game.
“You could say it was a turning point but I was just more confident, I was scoring goals and it was a good time.”
Now back with parent club Spurs and under Conte’s wing for the club’s pre-season tour of South Korea, Parrott will likely be keen to show what he’s all about heading into the new campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international is reportedly looking to head out on loan again next term to continue his development, with a host of Championship clubs said to be queuing up to claim his signature (Football.London).
While Parrott is currently unsure what next season holds for him, he insisted he is only focused on impressing Conte and the coaches during the brutal pre-season period.
He added: “I’m not too sure what’s going to happen [to me]. Since pre-season started I’ve been focused just on this tour and focused on doing whatever I can to impress the boss and impress the coaching staff.
“They’ve got some great players, got a great manager and I think they should be aiming for the most they can get. The sky is the limit.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The tail end of Parrott’s loan spell last season will have given him so much confidence heading into next season and hopefully he will be able to keep showing his progress during pre-season.
If he does impress Conte, there really is no reason why he can’t find a place in the squad next term. But if another loan opportunity does come about then Spurs should look in that direction again to endure he is playing regularly.
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