Most Tottenham Hotspur fans feel that it’s only a matter of time before we see far more of highly rated Academy graduate Troy Parrott.
The 17-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international has long been regarded as the very brightest of our next stars to come through our youth setup and he’s already come in for significant praise from the likes of Robbie Keane and others.
With some fans holding out hope that we would soon see Republic manager Mick McCarthy call him into his setup owing to his talent and other options available to him, McCarthy has gone on record this week as saying that it’s simply about seeing Parrott earn his Spurs with us before he gets promoted to that level.
Speaking to Sky Sports with Parrott being on Under 21 duty for his country (a goal on his debut on Friday, with two further goals in their last victory over Sweden on Tuesday), McCarthy explained.
“Get in the first team. You do realise that the U21s and the U23s where he’s playing is far-removed from where we are playing, don’t you? There’s a huge difference. If I think he’s right, I’ll take him. We’ll try and get him watched. It’s interesting – if he hadn’t come on and scored his goals, I wonder what would the questions be had he not come on, because Stephen’s not played him? If somebody makes you a substitute and you come on a do that, deliver that kind of performance, that’s what it’s all about. He’s a good kid and I am excited by him.”
Whilst plenty of fans are in a rush to see him, he’s only 17, he’s got plenty of developing left to do, so a soft and steady approach makes perfect sense as we don’t want him getting too far ahead of himself, given all the pressure that will rest on his shoulders when he gets the call by Mauricio Pochettino anyway.