Charlton Athletic want Troy Parrott.
The Daily Mail reports that the Championship club are hopeful of luring the young Tottenham Hotspur striker to The Valley as the January transfer window reaches its conclusion.
A host of second-tier clubs are said to be interested in signing the 17-year-old and, really, this interest has come at the perfect time.
Spurs are busy elsewhere, attempting to sign Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven in a deal that could be worth £21m, per sources.
There are a number of strikers that the club are interested in, too, including AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, and Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose.
The time, then, has come to move Parrott on and ensure that he can gain the minutes he needs to reach his potential.
While he has been prolific at youth level – scoring 17 goals in 14 U18 appearances and nine in nine UEFA U19 games – he has yet to truly get the chance he needs to improve and develop in north London.
He has played twice for the club at senior level, against Colchester United in the EFL Cup and Burnley in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute in the latter with his side 5-0 to the good.
Loaning him out and exposing him to proper first-team football is exactly what needs to happen.
Harry Kane is injured and manager Jose Mourinho has said that Parrott is not yet ready to step in and replace the England captain; that has been borne out by the club’s hunt for an out-and-out striker.
Thus, sending Parrott out and giving him the chance to either sink or swim in the Championship, is a move that needs to happen.
The fact of the matter is that we don’t really know how good Parrott is; youth football is not always the best indicator when it comes to charting a player’s progression.
If he can actually play for Charlton between now and the end of the season, Spurs will finally know what they have on their hands.
He could well struggle, he could well thrive; this is the perfect way for Spurs to find out.
Meanwhile, Spurs could land their ideal Eriksen replacement this month!