Wednesday 21 August 2019

Parrott makes Spurs breakthrough

Troy Parrott (r) congratulates Erik Lamela for scoring against Juventus. Photo: AP Photo/Danial Hakim
Troy Parrott (r) congratulates Erik Lamela for scoring against Juventus. Photo: AP Photo/Danial Hakim
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dublin teenager Troy Parrott took a giant step forward in his career yesterday by featuring in a star-studded friendly game between Tottenham and Juventus.

The 17-year-old was not allowed travel with the Irish U-19 squad to their Euros adventure in Armenia because he was needed by his club for pre-season.

And Mauricio Pochettino proved there was a plan in mind when the Belvedere product was pitched in from the start in Singapore.

The description of the goal he was involved in highlighted the company that Parrott was keeping.

He collected a pass from Son before unleashing a shot that was parried by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon into the path of the inrushing Erik Lamela who did the rest.

Buffon was playing in goals for Italy at the World Cup in 2002, the same year that Parrott was born.

Cristiano Ronaldo was also a part of the Juventus starting side in a game that was attended by over 50,000 spectators.

Parrott was replaced at the interval by Harry Kane and the England star scored an outrageous last-minute winner from the halfway line to give Spurs a 3-2 success.

The thrilling experience for Parrott is fitting reward after what has proved to be a stop-start year.

He was called into the Spurs first team squad for a game with Leicester last December - just six months after he moved to England.

However, injuries halted the youngster's progress in the months that followed and denied him further opportunities.

Ireland U-17 boss Colin O'Brien and Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny wanted to include Parrott in their squads for the U-17 finals and Toulon Tournament respectively but a couple of setbacks halted those plans - with Spurs also keen to mind a prized asset.

Robbie Keane has also visited the Spurs training ground to meet Parrott and tipped the player for the top.

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