Continuing loan probably right move for Tottenham striker

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Troy Parrott of Millwall on Loan from Tottenham September 23, 2020 (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Troy Parrott of Millwall on Loan from Tottenham September 23, 2020 (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images) /

There have been new rumors that Tottenham Hotspur teenage striker Troy Parrott may continue his current loan next season at Ipswich Town. According to Football League World, both Ipswich and Tottenham are happy with the progress of the young striker, making a continued loan possibly a win-win situation.

Troy Parrott had look for Tottenham Star

In November of 2019, he made his Republic of Ireland debut. Parrott started at center-forward, played over an hour, and assisted what was the game-winner in a 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand.

It capped an incredible 2019 for Troy Parrott as that debut coincided with his move from the Tottenham youth to the U23 team. With the Spurs youth Troy was terrific, especially in the UEFA Youth League, where he managed six goals and one assist in four matches. This included a four-goal outburst against Red Star.

Troy debuted with the senior team against Colchester United in the third round Carabao Cup defeat, where he played 66 minutes before being replaced. Parrott was never officially moved to the senior squad but still made his Lilywhite’s Premier League debut in December 2019.

Parrott made a couple of other appearances before the 2019-20 season was over but the young man really needed experience. It was just over two years early in July 2017 that Parrot was acquired by Tottenham from Belvedere FC. Thus when the season started for 19-year-old Troy Parrott, who was on loan at Millwall FC in the Championship to garner some experience,  the sky was the limit.

The Millwall loan seemed right but didn’t work

It seemed like the right move at the time, Troy Parrott was going to be the youth in a mostly older, experienced Championship squad. Millwall would be midtable and with any luck shooting for something more. Unfortunately, the loan at Millwall was not great for Troy Parrott

We already know the story of the Millwall loan. Parrott was injured from the off and never really got going at Millwall. Troy never completed a full 90 for the Lions and played just under 800 minutes in 14 appearances in all competitions.

As things progressed and Millwall started getting dragged into a relegation scrap, with the team 17th place when Troy Parrott last played. He was an unused substitute for his last three games with Millwall and clearly, something else was needed for Troy Parrott.

When Troy Parrott moved to Ipswich it seemed the right move for all

Given that Millwall is now 9th at the table and climbing while Troy Parrott is playing and getting minutes, the re-loan seems to have been a win-win proposition. Since joining Ipswich in League One in January, Troy Parrott has gotten more minutes, 943, and more matches 15, than he did from August – December at Millwall.

Of course, Parrott being healthy has been a major contributor to the increased opportunity as has the drop in overall competition. Parrott did score his first senior goal in March, pouncing on a wayward pass as a good poacher should. While Parrott was left out of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at AFC Wimbledon and was with the youth squad, in general, the opportunity at Ipswich has been good.

Now hearing that Ipswich, who currently sits at 9th in the League One table, wants to keep Troy is a good thing. More than anything, what Troy Parrott needs is time and experience. Another loan is probably the best bet as he is not ready for the senior team and playing regularly is better than what he would get staying at N17.

What do you think, will Parrott be part of the Tottenham team next season or is another loan in the cards?

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