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Troy Parrott scores on his return to Tottenham's under-23 side as he pushes for FA Cup chance


Troy Parrott scored in his first competitive start since December. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott scored in his first competitive start since December. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott scored in his first competitive start since December. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott took just eight minutes to get on the scoresheet as he impressed in Tottenham's under-23 team as they beat Wolves 3-0 on Monday evening.

The absence of Republic of Ireland striker Parrott from the Tottenham first team squad has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, with manager Jose Mourinho reluctant to select the 18-year-old despite long-term injuries to leading scorers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Parrott made a brief appearance in the closing stages of last Sunday's Premier League defeat against Wolves, but Mourinho stated after the game that the forward was 'not ready' for first team football, as he also suggested he is a 'kid who needs help' off the field as well as on it.

Those comments sparked fresh debate over the reasons why Mourinho is reluctant to select Parrott, but the smile was back on the Dubliner's face as he scored in a game played at Stevenage's Broadhall Way stadium.

Parrott has been keeping up his fitness levels by playing in under-23 games at the Tottenham's training ground and his performance against Wolves confirmed his sharpness despite his lack of regular football.

Making his first start in a competitive match at any level since the FA Youth Cup against Liverpool in December, he was on hand to convert a cross from Maurizio Pochettino, the son of the former Spurs manager, to fire Spurs into a lead.

Parrott also played a role in Tottenham's additional two first half goals as he turned in a fine performance and lead from the front in the comfortable Spurs victory.

"I'm really pleased that we've won, of course," Spurs under-23 coach Wayne Burnett told the club's website. "We showed good character in the end but probably we were a bit fortunate to go in 3-0 up at half-time.

"We started quite brightly in the second half, there were some players who haven't played many games but we need to be braver on the ball at times, we need to defend a bit better and we need to concentrate at crucial times.

"I thought there were some decent performances, I'm really pleased with one or two individuals but overall pleased that we've won, pleased with our first-half performance, not so much with our second-half performance but the players are aware of that, we've stuck in there and in the end, we've won the game."

Parrott will be hoping his performance will encourage his manager to give him a chance to shine in Wednesday night's FA Cup firth round clash against Norwich, with former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright among those urging Mourinho to pick the forward.

"They need a striker, they have got a young guy there, and you might as well throw him in and see if he is going to be able to help you out in this situation. Give Parrot a chance," Wright told the BBC.

"He might do a (Marcus) Rashford, do a Harry Kane, nick a couple of goals and before you know it, there's a different style of play, because a couple of times today they had no-one up there.

"Dele Alli was trying to get there, Lucas Moura was trying to get there, but it slowed the play up a bit, just have a look at Troy Parrott, man.

"Put Parrott in. I don’t know what three minutes is going to do for him. Give him 20 minutes, see what he can do. He only got three minutes, I was gutted for him."

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