Tottenham currently have a striker crisis with Harry Kane’s injury. Despite the impressive signing of Steven Bergwijn, they failed to bring in an out and out front man. A deal for Willian Jose failed to materialise and now, Jose Mourinho is left with Heung Min Son to play as a makeshift centre forward. But the long term future for Spurs’ attack could be in safe hands with Troy Parrott.
Rising through the ranks
The 18 year old hasn’t burst onto the scene YET. But he is highly rated on the white side of North London. Coming through their youth academy, the striker has performed well at all youth levels for club and country. 14 goals and 3 assists in just 9 games for the U18 side last season meant he was already catching the eye of Mauricio Pochettino. 6 goals in just 4 games in the UEFA Youth League this year for the Republic of Ireland’s U21s has only emphasised the talent he has.
Parrott made his senior debut for Tottenham in the EFL Cup defeat to Colchester under the Argentinian. A reward for his stand out performances at youth level. But after the sacking of Pochettino, Mourinho has acknowledged the potential of the forward. The current Spurs boss gave him his Premier League debut against Burnley earlier in the season. However, the Portuguese has been reluctant to throw him into the first team in Kane’s absence. Nevertheless, José definitely sees a future for the Irish international in North London.
“I think he has potential. I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably Tanganga had.”Mourinho on Parrott’s minutes in the first team
Of course Japhet Tanganga, as mentioned by the Special One in the article, is two years older than his teammate. Despite what you might suggest are underwhelming comments, Mourinho has ensured that Spurs have pinned down Parrott to a long term deal. Before other clubs start to circle. The 18-year-old signed a new contract today, keeping him at the club until 2023.
So what is the hype around the Dublin born talent? Well, I’ll give you a brief profile of him:
Troy Parrott – Style of Play
No doubt about it, Troy Parrott is already a physical presence. Only recently turning 18 and at 6ft 1in tall, he’s an aerial threat and won’t be pushed off the ball easily. Not to mention that he isn’t slow by any means. A decent turn of pace for a man of his stature. With so much time to develop physically too, he has potential to become an absolute beast up top for Spurs.
Of course this is a highlight reel and will only glamorise him, but the Tottenham youth product looks like an excellent finisher. Multiple finishes into the top corners, with precision and power, showcases how much ability he has to put the ball in the back of the net. That panenka penalty too. Ice in the veins.
Parrott’s movement in the box seems to be decent too, making a great run for a tap-in in the final clip of this short montage. Of course there are plenty of other videos elsewhere, but this is the latest on the Irish prospect. Either way, he’s one for the future in North London. Mourinho and Levy know that for sure.
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