‘That’s how you define character’ – Ireland U21 manager heaps praise on Troy Parrott

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott was handed one blot on his otherwise impressive report card for the new season this week as he saw red for the Republic of Ireland U21 side.

The red card came as Parrott and Everton’s Moise Kean pushed each other in the chest, with Kean receiving a harsh straight red and Parrott an equally strange second yellow.

However, overall Parrott has performed exemplary for club and country so far this season, starting with an impressive pre-season tour for Spurs.

Parrott looked at home during the tour of Asia alongside Harry Kane and Heung Min Son, while also competing well against some top-class European opposition.

The youngster made his senior Spurs debut in the League Cup last month as Tottenham were knocked out by Colchester United.

Parrott also made his Ireland U21 debut, a game in which he scored. Despite being left on the bench for the next game, Parrott still came on and grabbed two goals to earn the win for his side.

Republic of Ireland U21 boss, Stephen Kenny, had some good words to say about the Spurs teenager (Irish Examiner): “Troy is a brilliant young man who has shown character before.

“After scoring the winner on his U21 debut against Armenia, I left him on the bench in the Sweden game three days later for tactical and freshness reasons.

“Troy was disappointed to be left out but how did he respond to it? He comes on to get two unbelievable goals when we were 1-0 behind.

“That’s how you define character, that’s the definition of it for me. Troy was very harshly treated by the referee against Italy.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

This lad should already be getting Premier League minutes. I want to see Pochettino start to sub him on in the final ten minutes of matches. Perhaps he will once Spurs start to win games consistently again.

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