Tottenham Hotspur’s young Irish striker prospect Troy Parrott turns 17 today, and there’s no better way for he and the club to celebrate then by penning a new deal. On the first day in which he is eligible to do so, Parrott announced that he has signed his first professional contract with Spurs, a fact that should make Spurs fans super happy.
Kazaiah Sterling, currently on loan at Sunderand, may be the closest academy striker to the Tottenham first team at present, but it’s Parrott who is getting all of the buzz right now and for good reason. In his home country of Ireland, Parrott is already being called the “next Robbie Keane.” Despite only turning 17 today, Parrott is already a mainstay with Spurs’ U18 side, scoring 11 goals thus far, and is also getting run-outs with the U23s. He’s probably the most exciting player to come through the academy since... well, Marcus Edwards.
And Edwards is reason enough to take a step back and not put too much pressure on Parrott initially. Youth development is tricky, and players develop at different rates; Parrott being a stud at the U18 level does not necessarily mean he’ll turn into a world-beater at the Premier League level.
Still, there are good reasons to be excited about Troy and his abilities, and if you audere to look ahead to the future, it’s not difficult to say that he looks like someone who could turn into Harry Kane 2.0. Or maybe just Robbie Keane 2.0, and that’d be neat too.
Congratulations to Party Parrott!