A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Spurs academy prodigy Troy Parrott's latest senior international call-up.
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has selected the 17-year-old in his final squad ahead of the nation's friendly against New Zealand and the Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark.
Parrott has been superb for club and country at youth level, impressing for Tottenham's academy sides and for the ROI at U17, U18 and now U21 level, so it's little surprise that, despite his young age, he's already knocking on the senior doors.
Given Tottenham's issues on and off the pitch so far this season, however, it's also not particularly surprising that the forward has not been risked too often in the senior team, save for the League Cup clash against Colchester.
Given the pressure that Mauricio Pochettino and his charges have been under, it would have been a baptism of fire for the youngster to feature in the Premier League, at least until things are more settled.
Nonetheless, Parrott making the cut for the Eire senior team is testament to his talent and some Spurs fans have been praising the player on social media:
Oops I meant to put PL debut! I’d forgotten that disappointing Colchester game...can’t think why, it was a thriller #COYS— Matt (@MattyFrench82) 7 November 2019
but can’t get a game for Tottenham still— Dobbs (@COYS41) 7 November 2019
He would have played if Spurs were in better form and the squad wasn’t in disarray— MrBarryKelly ™ (@Bazzykel19) 7 November 2019
Nah more like we can't take a chance by putting him into the starting lineup when we're starving for points. If we were higher up in the table, we can take chances and rest player aka give the academy players some time on the pitch for the first team— Luka Unconcic™️ (@Mayonnaise8898) 7 November 2019
Becoming standard at this point— DayeF NDOMBALLER&LOCELTRICKS (@daye_fubs) 7 November 2019
Game Time For the Future Star— Àllanó (@Lars_Allano) 7 November 2019
How about getting the lad in rotation on the starting eleven so we can see what chops he has in the mix with the big boys and hopefully unlock some more of that potential?— thinQtank (@Simpsonmp) 8 November 2019
"Troy Parrott is in the squad for the first time and he will feature against New Zealand next Thursday," McCarthy is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying. "All he has to do is look at how well Aaron Connolly did last time in Georgia and Switzerland to see the opportunity that is there for him now."
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