Dean Parrett should be playing alongside Ryan Mason, says Graham Westley

Stevenage boss Graham Westley believes midfielder Dean Parrett should be playing alongside Ryan Mason for Tottenham.

Stevenage ended a run of four games without a win by defeating Hartlepool United 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, propelling them into eighth place in the League Two table.

Manager Graham Westley spoke to the Hertfordshire Mercury after the game, and was full of praise for former Tottenham midfielder Dean Parrett.

"When you look at Deano’s dynamism, his quality on the ball, his energy, his class, he is an exceptional player, there’s no question about it. League Two players are struggling to handle him," said Westley.

Parrett, now 23, was touted as one of England's brightest prospects when he joined Spurs from Queens Park Rangers as a 15-year-old back in 2007.

With 26 caps for England at youth level, Parrett had plenty of potential but failed to impress with loan spells at Aldershot Town, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town and Swindon Town, leading to his eventual permanent exit from Spurs in 2013 when the club terminated his contract.

Parrett played for Swindon shortly before Ryan Mason joined the Robins, and Westley believes that Parrett should be playing alongside Mason in the Tottenham midfield right now.

"He went to Swindon about the same time as [Ryan] Mason did and Mason is playing in the Premier League, and it wouldn’t be an injustice if Deano was playing in there [at Tottenham Hotspur] with him. We’re lucky to have him here," he said.

Mason has been one of the surprise stars of the Premier League season, and has flourished under Mauricio Pochettino. He was finally given a chance after a number of loan spells - and you have to wonder what Parrett's career could have been if he'd been afforded the same opportunity.

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