On Thursday afternoon Tottenham Hotspur announced their latest summer transfer with the loan of Troy Parrott to MK Dons for the 2021/22 season.
Whether or not Harry Kane stays at Tottenham Hotspur, it was clear there was at least two forward ahead of Troy Parrott to lead in the line in Heung-Min Son and Dane Scarlett. As a third option at best, minutes were going to be hard to come by and as such, a loan move is the best thing Parrott could do and is exactly what he needs.
Troy Parrott needs playing time
Across three complete seasons on the books at Tottenham, Parrott has accumulated less than 5,000 minutes on just 74 appearances according to Transfermarkt.com. Last season with his time split between Millwall in the Championship and Ipswich in League One, Parrott had his most active season in three years with 32 appearances and nearly 2,000 minutes.
To continue his development Parrott needs to consistently get minutes and appearances, which makes the move to a League One side, rather than a team in the Championship so appealing. Across the first half of the season at Millwall, Parrott only had 11 appearances for 603 minutes without scoring a goal.
In the second half of the season, at Ipswich, Parrott had 18 appearances for 1,141 minutes and scored twice. Parrott was getting both more chances and more time at the League One club and was starting to break through with the goals when the season ended.
Troy took that momentum into the summer as he scored twice for the Republic of Ireland in an international friendly at Andorra.
While Parrott may be ready to compete in the Championship this season, it is more likely that he can get the time he needs and leave his mark playing in the third tier of English football. The reality is a great season developing at MK Dons could turn into a breakout season next fall; ask Dele Alli.
MK Dons looking to develop Tottenham talent Parrott
The best part about the loan is the Dons really want to develop Parrott. Whereas the Championship is as cut-throat a league as you will find in the world, League One is tough but has a nice mix of talent of all ages, making development possible.
Russell Martin the manager of the Dons was quoted on their website as saying he was “delighted to be able to work with” Troy. And more importantly for the Lilywhites, Martin added that the Dons were “thankful to Spurs for trusting us with his development”.
Development is ultimately what Troy needs and it seems like Milton Keynes is going to provide a nice place to do it. We wish Troy luck and look forward to following the Dons a bit more closely this season.