With no decent Tottenham football to talk about this weekend, let’s instead focus on the youth. One of the most exciting players in Tottenham’s academy right now is 16-year old strikerTroy Parrott, whom we’ve talked about a couple of times. Spurs snatched him up a year ago and although he’s currently playing in the U18s, the Ireland youth international also has three Premier League 2 — a U23 competition — under his belt. He is starting to make people sit up and take notice.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the U19 EURO qualification matches this week — Parrott is Ireland’s star striker with four goals in two games, and the Irish are undefeated at the top of their group with wins over Bosnia & Herzegovina and Faroe Islands. One thing you can say about Parrott is that he is not lacking in confidence — check out this panenka penalty goal he scored in their 3-1 win over Bosnia on Wednesday.
Great start to the qualifiers Beating Bosnia 3-1, good to get a goal and an assist pic.twitter.com/LWjLhA8602— Troy Parrott (@troyparrott9) October 10, 2018
There are also full highlights of the match here including a better angle of the panenka, complete with massive wind-in-the-microphone noise and some rando Irish guy yelling YEAAAAAH.
If you haven’t already hitched your hype wagon to the Oliver Skipp train and want to get in on the ground floor with another exciting prospect, Troy Parrott is probably the one to watch. He’s got tons of talent, but although he’s pretty far from cracking Spurs’ first team it was considered a bit of a coup when Tottenham signed him. The only knock on him is that he’s already picked up two red cards this season — a straight red vs. Arsenal in the Premier League 2 and two yellows in the UEFA Youth League vs. Inter, implying that he might have some aggression issues to work out. Nevertheless, he’s one of those players who could be a massive star someday. Remember his name.