Tottenham youngster should get an opportunity.
Tottenham Hotspur have an opportunity this weekend to demonstrate they are moving forward.
The start to the season has not been ideal. Spurs have gained only five points from four games.
With the Champions League starting next week, Spurs have a chance to kickstart their season with a home win against Crystal Palace.
It almost doesn’t matter how the three points come, but they are needed.
While a home fixture against Crystal Palace sounds straightforward, it may not be. Ask Manchester United.
Roy Hodgson’s side are awkward opponents, and they are high in confidence. Breaking them down might not be easy.
That is why Tottenham may need as many attacking options on their bench as they can get.
Step forward Troy Parrott
17-year-old wonderkid Troy Parrott has earned the right to be discussed as a viable option this week from the bench.
After impressing in pre-season, he has netted for Spurs’ under-23 side this season, and this week bagged a brace for Republic of Ireland’s under-21 side.
He is regarded as his country’s most exciting strike talent since Robbie Keane, and with a lack of viable strike options for Harry Kane, Spurs need to fast track him.
Naming him on the bench against Crystal Palace would be a good decision from Mauricio Pochettino.
It would reward Parrott for his progress with Ireland’s under-21s in midweek. It would also give Spurs a different option if the game is deadlocked, and Palace are unlikely to be prepared for him. Sometimes the ‘unknown’ can be an asset.
Most importantly, Parrott could give a huge lift to the Tottenham crowd.
Just having him on the bench would create a bit of a buzz before kick-off, and provide a bit of hope, that they might get to see the teenager make his Premier League debut.
Spurs might need Parrott to jumpstart their season, especially if after 60 minutes they are level with Palace or a goal down.
Bringing on Parrott would lift supporters, who would be right to be nervous after a run of poor form at home, highlighted by the recent surprise loss to Newcastle.