New Years day 2020, Spurs at St Marys, a day many Ireland fans dreamed might come. Harry Kane hobbles off with what appears to be a serious long-term injury. This was surely the day that Troy Parrott began to get his chance in the first team for a considerable period as Spurs really had no other out and out strikers in their squad. Saturday 25th 2020 Spurs at St Marys, Parrott still yet to play a game and not even present in the squad for a Fa Cup 4th round clash. This is the day many of us really began to wonder is Spurs the right place for the long-term development of Troy Parrots career.
Now the argument could be made that Troy Parrott is still yet to even turn 18 and that Spurs are simply trying to ensure that he is not overused will still only a youngster. However, this does slightly fall flat when you remember they are managed by a man who often outright refuses to give young players true opportunities no matter what the circumstances in Jose Mourinho. Instead despite the fact that Troy Parrott may be the only fit striker ready to play games currently at the club Mourinho opts instead to play players out of position than give the young Irishman a chance. The question therefore must be asked that if Mourinho refuses to even give Parrott even a place on the bench now, with the injury situation at Spurs, when will he ever be willing to give him any first team opportunities at all. So as long as Mourinho and Harry Kane are at Tottenham it looks increasingly unlikely that Parrott will be getting a consistent first team place.
So, the question then becomes that if Parrott is not to stay at Spurs then where is he to go. The most likely scenario appears to be a move to the Bundesliga which in recent years has been somewhat of a promise land for young talent to prosper. Even at the very top of league teams like Borussia Dortmund are clearly willing to give talented youth a chance which has allowed the likes of Jadon Sancho to make a name for himself on the world stage. There has already been murmurings of Bayern Munich monitoring Parrots situation and if a bid were to come in it seems like it could be relatively straightforward decision for Parrott who could not only move to one of the giants of European football but also probably end up getting more game time than if he were to stay with Mourinho’s Tottenham. This would also be a dream move for all fans of Irish soccer who have been crying out for a star player to be applying himself at one of Europe’s Elite since the days of Roy Keane captaining Man United week in week out. This could really allow Parrott to become a true World-renowned footballer who could give Ireland a hope which we have been lacking for many years now.
However, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Parrott may in fact have to make a short term move to a club with a lower stature in order to get the necessary experience of playing senior games that he will need for his future development. In recent weeks there has been speculation that a loan move to a variety of Championship teams such as Charlton Athletic may be on the cards which as stupid as it may sound could be just as interesting a prospect for Parrott as the glamour of Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga. A move down the leagues could give Parrot his opportunity to start games regularly and cement a place in the Ireland squad by beginning to score goals at a senior level against a decent standard of opposition. Anything lower than the 2nd tier may be a step too far for Parrott but a short loan deal to a championship side could truly be a golden chance for Parrott to lay a marker down and showcase his abilities to both Mick McCarthy and Jose Mourinho which could be his breakthrough into both the Spurs and Irish first team squads.
As time progresses in Mourinho’s reign as Spurs manager it appears more likely that in order to play games of some sort Parrott will have to go elsewhere. Now whether that is in the short term or in the long term wherever Parrott goes we will all be hoping that he cements himself as a goal scorer and a regular starter. This will allow Parrott to kick on and become a regular in the Ireland squad and who knows maybe even a star player in the European and world game.