Tottenham legend is backed for a senior Ireland cap.
Troy Parrott has proved his case at under-21 level for Republic of Ireland. Now he is being tipped to go straight into the senior squad.
The Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid has been praised by Irish legend John Giles, who won 59 caps and won two league titles with Leeds United.
Giles cited the case of Brazil legend Pele, who proved at the 1958 World Cup that he was good enough, despite his young age.
He believes Parrott is in a special group of players that slot straight it at senior level, even at the age of 17.
Giles told Off The Ball: “I wouldn’t worry about his age. What I find with players of the real calibre, the age doesn’t mean anything.
“Of course, they can learn with experience. But if they have it, and if they have it and have it physically, they can do it at 17. We’ve seen players do it at 17.
“I know the likes of Pele and these lads were exceptional in what they did. But there are players who have it.”
Parrott has been starring for Tottenham’s under-23 side, having begun last season with the under-18s.
There is a possibility he could soon make Tottenham’s senior side, with a lack of competition for Harry Kane up front. He impressed in pre-season even though he did not get on the scoresheet.
He did score over the international break for Ireland’s under-21 side, and potentially he has caught Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s attention.
Fans need to hope Giles is right, that Parrott is one of the special ones.