Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has revealed that he firmly believes Troy Parrott’s international goals will help him coming into the new season.
The 19-year-old striker bagged an impressive brace against Andorra in June to secure a 4-1 win for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly.
The young striker endured a tough campaign last time out as he was initially loaned to Championship side Millwall but only played 11 league games for The Lions, failing to score a single goal.
He was recalled by Tottenham in January but then sent back out on loan to Ipswich Town in League One, where he made 18 appearances in the league and scored two goals.
The Irish Independent has stated that Parrott is now expected to go out on a loan for a second successive season, with a host of lower-league clubs battling to sign the 19-year-old.
The report also stated that Parrott is keen to seek out first-team football from his next loan move away from Spurs.
Kenny said this about Parrott: “It’s between Spurs and himself, there is interest all the time in Troy, it’s getting the right move for him.
“The Andorra goals won’t do him any harm, he didn’t have the season he’d have wanted to have, he had been injured at Millwall, pulled his thigh in a friendly game.
“When he came back, he went into the Millwall team straight away and wasn’t fully fit, he needed another three or four weeks.
“If you don’t hit the ground running you are under pressure, he’s playing on the left, trying to get up to full fitness.
“He’s training with Spurs’ first team now and should be in good condition, and then it’s about making the right decision for himself.
“He’s still so young, a 2002 birthday. You forget how young he is. But the fact he has two international goals is a start.”
Troy Parrott once held the torch as the ‘next big thing’ but, although harsh, a bad year on loan has drained a bit of hype from the striker. It’s easy to forget but he’s still 19, and one good year on loan could get his development back on track.
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