The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) announced their decision to hire Stephen Kenny as the new Republic of Ireland boss to replace Mick McCarthy on Saturday (BBC Sport).
Football.London claims that Kenny’s appointment may come as a huge boost to Tottenham striker Troy Parrott’s international prospects due to the youngster’s good relationship with the new boss.
It was after Kenny’s appointment as Ireland’s U21 manager in 2018 (FAI) Parrott was rewarded with a chance to play at that level for his country last September when the teenager netted on his debut against Armenia (Extra).
After impressing for the U-21s, the striker was handed an opportunity for the senior side and he won his first cap in Ireland’s 3-1 win over New Zealand in November.
Parrott did not take to the field in Ireland’s 1-1 draw against Denmark four days later, leaving him with just one cap to his name with McCarthy hinting that the Spurs man is not playing enough games to warrant a chance (Irish Times).
However, that might be all set to change with Kenny’s appointment with the former Shamrock Rovers manager having talked in glowing terms about Parrott previously.
Speaking about Parrott, the 48-year-old told Punit Arena back in July: “He’s very talented, he’s a very level headed young man, great humility, a very good attitude.
“He’s a good person, I met him a few times and spent some time at Tottenham’s training ground and so forth. He’s very level headed. We’ll see how he goes.”
When asked about the striker’s attributes, Kenny added: “I think he’s very instinctive and creative and he sees things early and scores goal.
“He’s not always conventional, he has a creative mind and he sees things other people don’t see and he’s a very cool and composed finisher.
“He has good instincts around the box and good vision, I’d see them as his attributes.”
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Hopefully, Kenny’s arrival will mean that Parrott gets more opportunities to lead the line for Ireland. Seeing as he isn’t getting too many opportunities at Spurs so far, being involved in international football will certainly help his development. I expect the youngster to be loaned out to a Championship club next season as he needs to be playing more games.
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