‘The more I look at Parrott’ – Pundit highlights potential issue impacting striker

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Troy Parrott
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Former Republic of Ireland defender, Kenny Cunningham believes that Troy Parrott is being played out of position by national team boss Stephen Kenny.

Parrott has become an increasingly valued member of Ireland’s set-up since making his senior debut back in November of 2019. 

The Tottenham striker, who has found the back of the net for his country twice in seven appearances, has also had a fine start to the campaign at club level on loan at MK Dons. 

The 19-year-old has been used as a number ten, off the left and in a central striking role by the League One club and has notched up three goals and four assists in ten appearances so far this season.

However, the teenager did not make Stephen Kenny’s starting lineup for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday which the Irish won 3-0 courtesy of a Callum Robinson brace and a late strike from Chiedozie Ogbene. 

Speaking after the game, Cunningham urged Kenny to use Parrott centrally if he is to start the Spurs striker.

The former Birmingham City defender told Off the Ball: “I thought Stephen got it right.

“If you flip it to the previous game against Azerbaijan at home, the front three that night were such an inexperienced front three I think it showed that night. 

“There was very little combination play between the three. They separated themselves from the rest of the team. The balance didn’t look right but last night it was a lot better.

“The more I look at Parrott, he played right of a three that night against Azerbaijan. I’m not too sure. He looks like a player for me that has to play in the central area. 

“He’d like to play upfront on his own or in a central striking pair. Playing right of a three, there are real significant differences there.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

I do not believe Parrott’s game lends itself to leading the line on his own. In order to make the best use of his attributes, I believe the 19-year-old either has to be deployed as a ten or needs to be paired upfront with someone who has the pace to get in behind the defence.

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