The 16-year-old Irish striker is progressing well for club and country
Teenager Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott has been getting the fans excited once again after his 27-minute international hat-trick.
The 16-year-old Dublin-born striker has been billed as ‘the next Robbie Keane’ for some time as he’s made his way through the Republic of Ireland’s international youth set-up with goals aplenty.
The teenager made the switch to Tottenham from Belvedere last year and has quickly moved up the club’s youth levels before signing his first professional deal this summer.
Parrott has stepped up to the U23 development squad this season due to an injury to Kazaiah Sterling and has played for both Wayne Burnett’s side and the U18s this campaign.
He has also picked up two red cards so far, one for his reaction after a late challenge on team-mate Jack Roles in a derby against Arsenal and the other a harsh second yellow card against Inter Milan in the UEFA Youth League.
The teenage striker starred for Ireland at the U17 European Championships and this week scored a 27-minute hat-trick for the U19s against the Faroe Islands, including a cheeky chipped penalty in the U19 European Championship qualifier. That followed a goal against Bosnia & Herzegovina days earlier.
Parrott has caught the attention of those at the top for club and country. Mauricio Pochettino has included him in some first team training sessions this season at Spurs, while Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is keeping an eye on him.
“Pat Jennings [O’Neill’s former Northern Ireland team-mate who still has close ties with Spurs] was telling me Troy does come up occasionally and train with the first team and they’ve all been pretty impressed with his attitude,” O’Neill told RTÉ Sport’s Tony O’Donoghue.
“If someone 16, 17, 18 years of age, who you feel is absolutely ready and is good enough and if you’re choices are limited, and he’s making great progress, I would see no problem in [calling him up].
“I just think there is a little time for development and I don’t think, unless it’s a League Cup game, that Troy will be involved with Tottenham at senior level for the foreseeable future.
“But it’d be nice to know that he thinks there is a chance of that happening and, more importantly, that the coaching staff think there’s a chance of that happening.
“If you’re to listen to Pat, he’s really well thought of. It’s great to see. I wouldn’t be averse to [taking a punt on Parrott]. He might just need a wee bit more honing at this moment.”
After his quick-fire hat-trick on Saturday for Ireland’s U19s, Spurs fans have been praising the youngster and some have been calling for him to get a place in the squad for the Carabao Cup clash against West Ham this month, which comes just 48 hours after the Premier League clash with Manchester City and will require Pochettino to juggle his squad. Ireland supporters want O’Neill to fast-track Parrott to the senior international side.