Tottenham forward Troy Parrott has revealed Antonio Conte has already made it clear what he wants to see from him as a striker.
Parrott, 20, spent last season on loan at MK Dons and returned to Spurs over the summer for pre-season training where he was introduced to Conte for the first time.
The young Republic of Ireland international did enough on his return to convince the Italian to name him in the travelling squad for the club’s pre-season tour of South Korea.
Embarking on his first summer tour with Spurs since 2019, Parrott will be keen to make his mark during the club’s preparations and make a name for himself before Conte selects his squads for the upcoming campaign.
Football.London previously reported that Parrott himself is planning to spend next term out on loan again with a view to working his way into the first team the following year. Spurs are said to be on the same page regarding the striker’s plans.
But while he is currently in and around the first team and under Conte’s watch in South Korea, Parrott has revealed the former Inter Milan boss is working closely with him and has outlined what he expects from him as a forward in and out of possession.
He told Football.London: “During training, he came in and helped me with some little stuff. Just telling me what he wants from the attacking players and that’s all I can ask for really.
“Our position is important for the press. It’s a different energy and then in possession just being an option and being available for players when they’ve got the ball. Making sure I’m there to receive the ball.”
On holding the ball up, he added: “It’s going to come, more physically with age, as you get older. I’m working hard on it. I was working hard in the off-season to try to get more strength and I feel strong, I feel good.”
On those tough Conte training sessions, Parrott said: “It’s been tough. It’s been tough to be fair, but enjoyable nevertheless. It’s been good to see the way [Conte] works. It’s been good to be back with the lads and catching up with people.
“It depends who you ask. I’m quite a good runner naturally, but yeah it’s been tough. It’s been hard work but it’s all preparation.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Parrott enjoyed a very solid campaign last season and he will be wanting to carry that progression on into next season – either with Spurs or at a loan club.
He has such a bright future and you can tell that is the case for him with some of his displays in pre-season training and Conte himself offering his advice to him.
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