John Aldridge comments on Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott

DUBLIN , IRELAND - 6 September 2019; Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland and Hovhannes Nazaryan of Armenia during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between...

John Aldridge seems to think highly of Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland Under-21 international striker Troy Parrott.

Troy Parrott and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on September 13, 2019 in Enfield, England.

John Aldridge has suggested in Herald.ie that Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott should be promoted to the Republic of Ireland senior team now.

Parrott recently scored twice for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side against their Sweden counterparts in a Euro 2021 qualifier in Kalmar.

The striker is only 17 years of age, and the teenager has yet to break into the Tottenham first team.

 

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland international striker Aldridge believes that the striker should be thrown into the senior fold at international level now.

Aldridge wrote about Parrott in Herald.ie: “I haven't seen too much of young Parrott, but I know he has made a big impression with Tottenham fans and their manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is a great judge of young talent.”

Aldridge added: “Can we really threw Parrott into a vital qualifier away in Georgia for his first international?

“It may be asking too much for him to be expected to perform at that high level on the first day of his senior international career, but I would be tempted to have him on the bench and throw him into the fray in the final 20 minutes if we need a goal.”

Too much pressure?

Parrott is only 17 years of age, and he is still very, very young to have a lot of expectations and pressure heaped upon him.

True, the teenager is hugely talented, but it is probably a bit too early for him to be thrown into the deep end.

There has to be a gradual progression for the 17-year-old, and that will help him in the long run.

Rushing into things is not going to be helpful for the teenager, who must be given time and space to develop at his own pace.

DUBLIN , IRELAND - 6 September 2019; Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland and Hovhannes Nazaryan of Armenia during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between...

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