Harry Arter has backed Troy Parrott to make the Republic of Ireland’s number nine shirt his own after the Tottenham youngster opened his international account with a brace against Andorra last week.
It is not only at Tottenham that Parrott has huge expectations on his shoulders but also back in his home country where some hope that, in the coming years, the youngster proves to be answer to Ireland’s goalscoring problems.
The 19-year-old endured a challenging season, not being able to perform as well as he would have wanted during his loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich.
However, in Ireland’s 4-1 win over Andorra last Wednesday, the Spurs academy graduate demonstrated exactly why he is thought of so highly after he netted twice in the space of 13 minutes in the second half.
Arter admitted that he has known about Parrott’s talent for a long time due to his brother-in-law, Scott Parker, who worked with the striker during his time as under-18 coach at Tottenham.
The Nottingham Forest midfielder told The Sunday World: “I knew about Troy because Scott was his under-18 coach at Tottenham and he was one of the boys that had something different about him from a young age.
“He has some unique qualities and they have been in evidence since he was very young. We saw a glimpse of that the other night in Andorra with his two goals, and it should give him confidence that he can do it at the international level.
“At the moment, we are lacking goals and no one has really taken that attacking position and made it their own, so Troy has a chance to do that moving forward.”
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