The name of Troy Parrott was mentioned many times this week amid the despair near Tottenham after the extent of Harry Kane's ankle injury was revealed.
The first is the first time. The 16-year-old striker from Dublin is a very talented young player and he has long been spoken at home as & # 39; the next Robbie Keane & # 39 ;.
But at such a young age Parrott is actually ready to be thrown into the spotlight as a contender to fill the considerable boots of the English captain?
Pochettino, as he does during most transfer windows, indicated on Wednesday that there is always a chance for academy players to shine when there are no transfers or injuries.
"It did not change [our approach to January window] what happened to Harry, "he told Sky Sports.
"[Heung-Min] Son of whom we knew he was involved in the Asian Cup for a few weeks. We were always open to improve with Harry in shape or not, but at the same time we know that it will be hard and hard to add the player we want.
"It did not change my mind, I think it's a very good chance for players to play more, to perform." I'm sure it will be a good chance for young players through the academy to show their quality. "
Will Parrott be one of those players who will have the opportunity to support the will of Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura and Son when he returns?
football.london the teenager has watched a number of times since joining Speer van Belvedere in 2017 and played for the different age groups of the club in different competitions against opponents from England and Europe.
Parrott was also involved in training for the first team this season. He was transferred to Leicester City last month for the Premier League game at King Power Stadium as the 19th man – a player who would be on the 18th in case of injury or illness to others on the matchday.
That day, Pochettino named Parrott football.london during an answer about the 18-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp, who this season broke into the set-up of Tottenham's first team.
"I think Skippy is ready to play. All players we have in the team, the younger players like him or Troy Parrott, who were involved in the game for the first time, because they are involved in the first team in days , for weeks, during months, and it's only to give the opportunity to play, "he said.
"I do not doubt them and I'm not worried about players who are injured or do not perform at their best because we have another who can replace them." I promise that we will win or lose with one. "
Parrott has excellent technique, good movements and anticipation, and he has a brawl in his game, which has brought some red cards this season so far.
He is not yet physically strong, as would be expected at only 16. Teenagers develop clearly at different times, for example Wayne Rooney at the age of 16 had physically developed much earlier and looked like an adult, hence his advance to the first Everton's team was easier.
Parrott, however, is highly valued and was chosen by Martin O & # 39; Neill during his last few months as manager of Ireland as a likely senior international in the near future.
Tottenham fans are very excited about Parrott, as they did with Marcus Edwards a few years ago, but after learning his lesson with his Messi comments about Edwards Pochettino, the Irish teen's hype does not get any bigger.
The truth is that, although Parrott has a lot of potential, he is still slowly making his way through the youth levels of the club and has to make a lot of impact on the development side of the U23.
His performances for the U18 & # 39; s and U19 & # 39; s in the UEFA Youth League were top notch, with some great goals on the way, including a fantastic curling effort against Inter Milan.
For the U18, he scored nine goals in six games and delivered three assists. For the U19 in Europe, Parrott scored three in five games against each opponent – Inter, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, and provided an assist.
In the FA Youth Cup third round draw at Millwall, he was excellent and set a dramatically winning goal for Rodel Richards and a clash in Arsenal this Thursday night.
However, Parrott is still mature and has yet to score a goal for the U23 development team in his six appearances so far in the Premier League 2, four of those starts.
For the U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy, against experienced defenses of the Football League, it was also a learning process for the teenager. He only played 43 minutes against Crawley Town and only four minutes late on the bench against Portsmouth, both short appearances without finding the net.
That Parrott was involved in preparing the first team this season on that Leicester trip and training sessions, including the experience of a particular session in Camp Nou the night before Tottenham went to Barcelona in the Champions League, shows Pochettino that he believes in the end make the step to his side.
That he involves a 16-year-old show, believes he can handle the pressure. Pochettino has done this before, being bold with young players.
Luke Shaw had broken into Nigel Adkins in the Southampton team at the age of 16 and he was 17 when the Argentine arrived, but he continued to use him as he tried to play the Saints higher, and he did it with older players like Dele. Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks at Tottenham, as well as Skipp this season, also handing George Marsh and TJ Eyoma their higher debuts.
Another Tottenham Academy Striker, Kazaiah Sterling, who last season made his debut for Tottenham in the Champions League match against Apoel Nicosia, on the way back from an injury that derailed the first months of his season and prevented him from playing the pre of the club -seizoentour to the US.
The 20-year-old has scored four goals in his last five Premier League 2-games for Tottenham, while he is back in his groove and he could get a chance from Pochettino in the coming weeks.
For Parrott he has shown this season in his games against older opponents that it is unlikely that he will make a dramatic impact early in his first team career, but he has so much potential and if he gets the chance to be on the bench, maybe in the FA Cup draw at Crystal Palace, then it will work wonders for his development and it will be Tottenham's long-term profit.
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