Friday 18 October 2019

Troy Parrott and Caoimhín Kelleher poised for first-team debuts

Troy Parrott and Caoimhin Kelleher
Troy Parrott and Caoimhin Kelleher
Troy Parrott. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Irish teenager Troy Parrott is praying he gets the nod from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tonight for his senior debut.

And the 17-year-old, who was left out of the Spurs U-23 side for their game last night so he could travel to Colchester for the first team tonight, is one of a group of young Irish players hoping to impress, with Caoimhín Kelleher and Aaron Connolly also in line for starts.

"Maybe, he was at Leicester, but he wasn't in the 18 players. We will see," Pochettino said when asked if Parrott could feature in Colchester tonight.

"The young players need games to improve and maybe fight for a place in the starting XI in the Champions League or Premier League."

Mick McCarthy names his squad next week for the Euro 2020 qualifiers and he has told Parrott that he needs to get game-time with the Spurs first team before he can be promoted.

Brighton boss Graham Potter is likely to start Connolly away to Aston Villa tomorrow: "He nearly scored at the weekend and we're happy to have him with us," Potter said.

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