A plan is in place for Troy Parrott to make the breakthrough at Tottenham in the 2023/24 season after another great campaign on loan, football.london understand.
The Republic of Ireland international has made giant strides over the past six months and there is growing excitement within Spurs and those who have worked with the player about the extent to which Parrott, who turned 20 in February, can now push himself. in realizing its 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 has become a key man in the club’s race to the Ligue 1 play-offs, scoring 10 goals and providing seven assists in 47 appearances and on the international stage Parrott has also grown, scoring twice and providing one assist in his last three matches. matches.
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As a young player away from home, Parrott benefited immensely from his family coming to live with him in Milton Keynes last season, having spent previous loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich as a teenager during the pandemic. , and the difference was there for all to see on the pitch in the happy, fast-maturing striker, who made his Premier League debut aged just 17.
At MK Dons, Parrott played primarily as a number 10 – hence his more balanced aim and assist stats – and the plan for the future is for him to develop more as a number nine than he should be. Those who coached the youngster at Tottenham noted the similarities in style between Parrott and Harry Kane, both able to dive deep and create, but also able to finish with clinical ease inside the box. Two years of fighting in the Football League has also helped to strengthen and strengthen Parrott, which in turn has helped to improve his holdup game, a key facet of number nine.
So what next for the young striker? football.london understands Parrott’s own plan is to spend another season on loan before returning to really challenge for a place in the Spurs first team in the 2023/24 season. It’s understood the youngster is desperate to make his mark at the club that brought him to England in 2017.
This plan is shared by Tottenham and although he can finally impress Antonio Conte in pre-season and he can leave for the club’s tour of Korea, the intention is to choose the perfect loan to continue his progress with a lot of game times as a number nine. It is believed that a long line of Championship clubs would be interested in taking him, including Swansea, Middlesbrough, Preston and QPR.
Parrott’s current deal with Spurs runs until the summer of 2023, but football.london understands that there is an option in this 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 set to sign a new striker to their ranks this summer but Parrott, if he impresses a once again this coming season on loan, will also have a chance to claim his title as Spurs’ attacking future hopefuls.
The talent is there and the maturity is now allied to it, with the youngster admitting the mantra of ‘you have to train the way you play’ has been one of the biggest lighting moments for him in the last 12 month.
The improved work rate was the biggest addition to Parrott’s skill set, with his MK Dons boss Liam Manning saying towards the end of the season: “[Troy] gradually improved. He’s desperate to score, but he puts the team first. He has to keep pushing himself, but the most important thing is what he does for the team. His work rate out of possession, his threats, his movements – he’s in a good position and we have to keep him there, keep pushing him and make sure he maintains his level.”
Excitement is building around Parrott again and he will return to Hotspur Way next month a much more confident and developed young striker. He will have another experience of league life and regular football next season before returning to try and fulfill his dream of stardom at Tottenham Hotspur.