Rising star Troy Parrott travels with Spurs first team
Talented Irish teenager Troy Parrott has received a significant boost after getting the call to travel with the Spurs first team to this evening's Premier League meeting with Leicester, writes Daniel McDonnell.
The 16-year-old has been promoted to Mauricio Pochettino's first team squad after making a strong impression since moving over to England in the summer.
He is not expected to make the bench but the fact that Parrott (right) has been brought along at such a young age illustrates the esteem in which he is held.
Parrott has played a number of games for the Spurs U-23 side and has been in goalscoring form at U-18 level, bagging a brace against Leicester earlier this week to bring his tally for this season to 11 when UEFA Youth League games are factored into the equation.
He has already trained with the Spurs first team, but a trip away with them is a step up the food chain for a player who doesn't turn 17 until February.
Parrott is represented by Unique Sports Management, the same agency as Spurs' striking star Harry Kane.
The Dubliner was Ireland's star player at the U-17 European Championships last May and is still eligible for next year's renewal which is being hosted in Ireland.
However, he has already been promoted to U-19 international level and scored four goals in October to steer them through the first phase of Euros qualifying.
Martin O'Neill gave Parrott a favourable mention in dispatches before his departure from the senior job and new U-21 boss Stephen Kenny - the senior boss from 2020 - spoke positively about Parrott when he was appointed.
The rising star is on the shortlist for the Irish Independent Young Sportstar of the Year award.