Republic of Ireland midfielder Jayson Molumby has leapt to the defence of Troy Parrott after the Tottenham striker missed a gilt-edged chance against Scotland. 

Parrott has not quite had the expected impact since his loan switch to Preston North End this summer, with the striker having scored just once in 12 matches across all competitions for the Championship club so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Despite his struggles at club level, the 20-year-old got the nod to start Ireland’s Nations League clash against Scotland on Saturday. 

The Tottenham man had a great chance to give Stephen Kenny’s side the lead when he was played through on goal by Swansea’s on-loan Southampton striker Michael Obafemi, with the score poised at 1-1 at the time.

However, Parrott failed to convert and the Scots went on to take all three points after Ryan Christy converted from the spot on 82 minutes.

Molumby has now come to the defence of the young striker following Ireland’s defeat at Hampden Park.

The West Bromwich midfielder told Lancs Live about Parrott’s miss: “It was a massive moment. For me, with Troy, nine times out of 10 I’d back him to score. 

“It’s just disappointing. We’re all a bit down, he’s a bit down, but we’ll look after him obviously.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Strikers take confidence from goals and it cannot be easy for Parrott, given how things are not going for him at the club level.

I do not think the 20-year-old deserves blame for his form as Preston are not a side who look capable of creating chances, as their results this season suggests.

It is starting to look like Spurs made a big blunder by sending Parrott on loan to the Deepdale Stadium.

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