David Meyler told the Football Show on Sky Sports (18/11/20 at 11:05 am) that he is hoping Tottenham academy product Troy Parrott can help end the Republic of Ireland’s goal drought.
Under the new management of Stephen Kenny, the Irish have only scored one goal in seven matches, as Spurs teenager Parrott has been called up for their UEFA Nations League clash against Bulgaria tonight.
Parrott has been on-loan at Championship side Millwall this season, but injury has prevented him from making more than his solitary appearance.
Meyler is well aware of what it takes to put on the green jersey and he is hoping their upcoming star can lift the deflated mood in the camp.
“It’s very difficult to say,” said Meyler. “As you say, Troy is only 18, he turns 19 in February. Look, he has made two appearances for Tottenham. He has made one appearance for Millwall. Yes, he did pick up an injury.
“But if you look at the track record of his football in the underage groups, especially with Ireland U21’s, U19’s, etc… He has always scored goals.
“So, there has to be a massive positive there that we do have someone coming through the system that will score goals. So, please God, he can be the fella that can step up for Stephen Kenny, and if he gets an opportunity tonight, then let’s hope he can get the second goal in Kenny’s management for Ireland.”
There are high hopes for Parrott on the international stage. More so because the Irish are in need of some attacking injection.
At Parrott’s age, they aren’t going to get those solid performances right now, but the Irish faithful, along with the Spurs fans, will be hoping he can do the business at Millwall this season.
Harry Kane plied his trade, including at the Den, in England’s second-tier and he is now one of the best in the Premier League, so if there is an aspiring figure Parrott wants to look up to then there’s one very close to home.