Troy Parrott’s fine form continued this weekend as the Tottenham Hotspur youngster made his 14th contribution of the season.
The 20-year-old is currently on loan at League One side MK Dons, where he scored a vital (and late) goal against arch-rivals AFC Wimbledon, taking his tally to eight goals and six assists.
In fact, it was quite a strike.
Troy’s rocket on repeat 🚀 pic.twitter.com/9pCLe5Tx0k
— Milton Keynes Dons (@MKDonsFC) April 10, 2022
Like Marco van Basten’s effort for the Netherlands at Euro ’88, the Irishman fired a sublimely powerful volley off the crossbar after a looping pass to the back post from team-mate Dean Lewington, 37.
His form this campaign has drawn praise from those around him, including fellow loanee West Ham midfielder Connor Coventry, who told reporters last month:
“Troy is class. Obviously, I played with him before, so I know the quality of him. It doesn’t surprise me how good he is. The way he has been working for the team has been amazing and he shows that he is still developing and learning.
“He is a quality player and I am happy to play with him every week.”
His initial loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich Town flattered him into cheating, but it is now apparent that Parrott has found his place in Buckinghamshire; he will hopefully work his way into the Spurs first team upon his return in the summer.
And Harry Kane may have provided the perfect role model.
The England talisman had mixed loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City before making his mark in North London.
Parrott’s form for the Lilywhites’ youth teams, where he scored 31 goals in 38 appearances, drew comparisons between the 20-year-old and a first-team number 9 early in his career.
Will Parrott make it to the Spurs?
Despite Spurs’ lack of first-team minutes, the academy jewel remains a regular presence in the Republic of Ireland squad, making nine appearances and two goals.
According to The Athletic, the north London outfit are expected to extend Parrott’s contract until the summer of 2023 and he could return on loan next season, further following in Kane’s footsteps, as it would be his fourth season away.
Some believe he has a reputation for being “flashy”, while Ireland assistant manager Keith Andrews said during the latest international break: “Troy has been flying in training. There has been a really noticeable difference, I would say, in Troy between this and the last camp.
Whether Parrott will emerge as a future first-team at Hotspur Way remains to be seen, but if he continues to impress then there’s every chance he could follow Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga in Conte’s setup.
It could save them millions in the transfer window down the road.
And in other news, Ledley King would “love to see” Spurs sign a “scary” £101m man, it would be a new Mousa Dembele…