A host of European clubs, including Juventus, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Tottenham’s teenage striker, Troy Parrott.
Already drawing comparisons with another Irish striker, Robbie Keane, centre-forward Parrott was born and raised in Dublin, and joined the Spurs academy system in 2017. Last season he burst onto the youth scene with 12 goals and 5 assists in various competitions, and graduated quickly form the Ireland under-17 to under-19 side, for whom he scored four goals in three qualifiers,
He made his senior debut for Spurs in the Asia Cup in July, and continued his meteoric rise by turning out for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side in their European qualifiers last week, netting three times, scoring the winner against Armenia, and collecting a brace against Sweden.
Tipped in some quarters as the successor to Harry Kane, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will know that he has to manage Parrott’s career carefully at this stage, offering the right opportunities to progress at White Hart Lane without throwing into the first-team too soon.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.