It’s been a pretty miserable season for Tottenham Hotspur, but one of the brighter spots has been the emergence of Troy Parrott. The 17-year old Irish striker made his club debut, Premier League debut, and full Ireland debut this season as he continues to impress at what would be a ludicrously young age for a forward.
That, naturally, has put him on the radar of some seriously big clubs, including German giants Bayern Munich, who would no doubt love to hoover him up into their development team, the same way that Dortmund snapped up Jadon Sancho from Manchester City. Tottenham have other ideas, however, and according to Dan Kilpatrick in the Standard, Spurs are hoping to get Party Parrott to commit his future to the club by signing a long-term contract as soon as he turns 18.
Parrott has 18 months left on his first professional contract, and could quite possibly become the heir apparent to Harry Kane at Spurs, if he decides to stay. So long as Spurs continue to give him first team opportunities at a young age, he could even though the manager who signed him, Mauricio Pochettino, is gone. Kilpatrick notes that talks are ongoing and are productive at this stage.
Jose Mourinho is clearly a fan of Parrott, mentioning him a number of times in recent press releases, though he said he doesn’t want to send him out on loan while he’s still so young.
“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. [It’s] one thing if you need that step when you are 19 or 20, another thing is when you are 17.
”When you are 17 you are a baby. At 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.”
While we don’t know yet what Mou will do, there’s a decent chance that Parrott will be involved in tomorrow’s FA Cup match at Middlesbrough, especially since Kane is out until March with a torn hamstring. I can’t imagine he won’t be on the bench, even if he doesn’t start.