There are many who think that a loan would be a good thing for Tottenham Hotspur’s young striker Troy Parrott, and according to the transfer tracker at Sky Sports, he has no shortage of suitors in the Championship in this window. According to Sky, QPR and Charlton are two of several clubs in the second tier who would be extremely glad to take the 17-year old forward on loan until the end of the season, and another unnamed club on the continent.
But that doesn’t mean that he’s going to go. Parrott doesn’t turn 18 until February 4, and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was very cool on the idea of sending a teenager that young away from his home club so soon.
“He’s 17 years old. I don’t think at the age of 17 it’s good for you to go on loan to a Championship club or to go abroad to another country.
”My feeling is one thing is when you are 20 if you need that step when you are 19/20, another thing is when you are 17. When you are 17 you are a baby. 17 you just have to be in your father club where you feel at home, where you are at home, where you train and develop with the first team.”
There’s also talk, as written by Sky, that Spurs are also hoping to tie Parrott down to a new long term contract before they let him go out on loan. Mourinho has also hinted that Parrott is likely going to see more first team action at Spurs, though he made it clear that Troy is nowhere ready yet to lead the line at Spurs.
“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. One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.
“I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes he can minutes. I’m not saying he’s not able to have minutes, but to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don’t think he’s ready at all.”
That said, if he DOES go on loan, QPR would be a pretty exciting fit for him. Rangers have already sort of become Diet Tottenham this season, with Jack Clarke and Luke Amos already there on loan, and former Spurs academy players Grant Hall and Dominic Ball also playing there under Mark Warburton.
Meanwhile, Charlton are floundering in 20th place in the table and are winless in their last five matches; bringing in a young player who could become a future star might be the jump start they need to stay out of the drop. Lee Boyer’s a pretty good manager and has taken Charlton from League Two to the Championship; he could probably teach Troy a thing or two while he’s there.
I don’t know how likely it is, re-reading Jose’s comments about Parrott’s readiness for a loan, that we see him actually go out this week. If he changes his mind, however, it does appear that he’d have his choice of locations in England’s second division.