Troy Parrott has admitted that he remains determined to become a first-team regular for Tottenham Hotspur in the future.
Despite only recently turning 19, Parrott has huge expectations on his shoulders, with many at Tottenham as well as back in his native Republic of Ireland expecting him to be a future star.
The youngster’s time at Millwall did not go according to plan in the first half of the season as he failed to establish himself as a regular starter in the side and did not get on the scoresheet during his time at The Den (Transfermarkt).
The teenager will be hoping to have a much more fruitful time at Ipswich before returning to Spurs in the summer.
Parrott admitted that while he eventually aims to make an impact for Tottenham, he is now fully focused on doing well for Paul Lambert’s side.
He told TWTD: “The end goal is always to make it with Spurs but for now I’m not thinking about that. I’m only thinking about doing well here before I start to think about anything else.
“I’ve come here to do a job for Ipswich and to get the games – and hopefully the goals – that can help them do well.”
The striker also revealed that he has had conversations with Jose Mourinho regarding his development and that the Spurs boss has given him some valuable advice.
“I have spoken to Jose Mourinho about what is best for me at this stage of my career,” Parrott added.
“He has helped me and given me his advice and his opinion, plus I’ve also had the advice of my family and other people I trust.
“It has led me here and I’m looking forward to the second half of the season with Ipswich now.”
Parrott also admitted that he is lucky to have a world-class striker like Harry Kane at Spurs to watch and learn from.
The youngster revealed that he has also learned a lot from the England captain on how to behave off the pitch.
When asked about working with Kane at Spurs, he responded: “I’d be silly not to take stuff from Harry Kane’s game because he is one of the best strikers in the world.
“I look at all the other players as well and try to take little details from them with a view to making myself a better player.
“I’ve learned a lot from Harry, not just about the stuff on the pitch but off the pitch as well, about how to conduct myself and be thoroughly professional. In terms of playing it’s about working hard and looking to achieve consistency in my performances.
“I believe that what you do off the pitch is going to be a massive influence on what you do in games. Preparation for games and how you recover after them is a huge part of it and I don’t think there could be anyone better than Harry to look at and learn from.”
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Strikers thrive on goals and his failure to find the back of the net at Millwall was likely why Parrott was struggling for confidence. Hopefully, he will get off the mark for Ipswich soon and go on to have a fruitful spell at the League One club before returning to Spurs in the summer.
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