A plan is being put in place for Troy Parrott to make the breakthrough at Tottenham in the 2023/24 season after another big campaign on loan. football.london understands
The Republic of Ireland international has come on in leaps and bounds over the past six months and there is growing excitement within Spurs and those who have been working with the player about how far Parrott, who turned 20 in February, can go. . in realizing his remarkable potential.
Midway through last season on loan at MK Dons, by his own admission, something clicked for the Irishman and he understood exactly what it took to be more than just a youngster with potential. The striker became a key man in the club’s run to the League One play-offs, scoring 10 goals and providing seven assists in 47 games and on the international stage, Parrott has also grown, scoring two goals and providing a assist in his last three. matches.
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As a young player away from home, Parrott benefited greatly from his family traveling to live with him in Milton Keynes last season, having spent previous loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich only during the pandemic, and the difference was there to for all to see on the pitch in the happy and rapidly maturing striker, who had made his Premier League debut aged just 17.
At MK Dons, Parrott played primarily as a number 10, hence his more balanced goals and assists stats, and the plan for the future is for him to develop more into the number nine he is expected to be. Those who have coached the youngster at Tottenham have noted the similarities in style between Parrott and Harry Kane, both able to drop deep and create but also capable of finishing with clinical ease inside the box. Two years struggling in the Football League also helped strengthen and bulk up Parrott, which in turn helped improve his heist game, a key facet of a number nine.
So what’s next for the young attacker? football.london he understands that Parrott’s own plan is to spend another season on loan before truly fighting for a place in Spurs’ first team again in the 2023/24 season. The youngster is understood to be desperate to make his mark on the club that brought him to England in 2017.
Tottenham share that plan and while he may have the chance to finally impress Antonio Conte in pre-season and could feature on the club’s tour to Korea, the intention is to pick the perfect loan to continue his progression with plenty of play. time as a number nine. A long line of Championship clubs are believed to be interested in taking him on, including Swansea, Middlesbrough, Preston and QPR.
Parrott’s current contract with the Spurs runs through the summer of 2023, but football.london understands that there is an option within that contract for the club to extend it for another year.
When the Republic of Ireland international returns to Tottenham in the summer of 2023, Kane will be 30 and Son Heung-min 31. The club are expected to add a new striker to their ranks this summer, but Parrott, if he impresses once Plus this next season on loan, he’ll also get a chance to gamble as the future of Spurs’ attacking hopes.
The talent is there and the maturity is now allied with him, with the youngster admitting that the mantra that “you should train like you play” has been one of the biggest moments for him in the last 12 months.
The improved work rate has been the biggest addition to Parrott’s skill, with his MK Dons boss Liam Manning saying towards the end of the season: “[Troy] has progressively improved. He is desperate to score, but he puts the team first. He needs to keep working hard, but the most important thing is what he does for the team. His work rate out of possession, his threats, the movement of him – he’s in a good place and we’ve got to keep him there, keep pressing him and make sure he keeps up the level of him.”
Excitement is building around Parrott again and he will return to Hotspur Way next month as a much more confident and developed young striker. He will get another taste of championship life and regular football next season before returning to try to fulfill his dream of becoming a star at Tottenham Hotspur.