Very little has gone to plan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season with Mourinho’s side sitting in 14th place at the moment.
The Lilywhites find themselves just six points clear of the bottom three and they haven’t managed to collect maximum points on the road since mid-January. Although a number of key players are slowly returning to fitness, the emergence of teenager Troy Parrott could help provide some much-needed positivity for Spurs.
Although the 17-year old is yet to make a senior appearance in the Premier League, he was handed his International debut by Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy on November 14th. The former Ipswich boss heaped praise upon the newcomer and suggested that he ‘can hold his own’ despite his lack of first-team experience. Parrott was unable to find the back of the net against New Zealand, yet he rarely looked out of his depth during his country’s 3-1 victory at the Aviva Stadium. He played 63 minutes in Dublin and managed to claim an assist, setting up Sean Maguire for the Green Army’s second goal of the evening.
Pochettino was not afraid to give youngsters a chance in the top flight, and the Spurs boss has recently blooded the likes of Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters. The Argentine coach has previously put his faith in England regulars Harry Winks and Harry Kane and the 17-year old will be desperately hoping to follow in their footsteps this year. Fans are hoping that Troy Parrott can help ease the goal-scoring burden on the aforementioned Kane, who has already found the net on ten occasions in all competitions.
Despite their struggles in the top flight, Spurs are on course to qualify for the knock-out stage of the UEFA Champions League this season. The North Londoners were beaten in the final by Liverpool in May, and will be aiming to reach the latter stages of the competition once again. They are 30/1 in the football betting at Space Casino to go one better this time around and lift the trophy at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey.
Parrott is yet to feature in the Champions League, although he did play 66 minutes in the club’s EFL Cup defeat to League Two Colchester. He was amongst the substitutes in Spurs’ recent 1-1 draw at Goodison Park and will be hoping to make his top-flight debut in the near future. In December, the North Londoners will play eight times, and that hectic period will be followed by an FA Cup third-round tie. This appears to be the ideal opportunity for the new manager Jose Mourinho to rotate his squad, and the Dublin-born forward could be one of the many players to potentially benefit from this energy-sapping run of games.
He has been scoring for fun at youth level, netting eight times in as many games in the UEFA Youth League. He also hit the target on 15 occasions for the Under-18s before bagging four in 13 for the Under-23s. He clearly has an eye for goal, although he’s also able to bring his team-mates into play. Parrott still has a long way to go and is likely to continue his development over the coming months. A potential loan spell may be one option for the precocious 17-year old; however, some fans are desperate to see him thrown into the mix, and the striker’s arrival has already evoked plenty of positivity amongst an understandably downbeat fanbase.