Troy Parrott’s fine form continued this weekend as the Tottenham Hotspur youngster bagged his 14th goal contribution of the season.
The 20-year-old is currently on loan to League One outfit MK Dons, where he scored a vital – and late – equaliser against arch-rivals AFC Wimbledon, taking his tally to eight goals and six assists.
It was quite the strike indeed.
Troy's rocket on repeat 🚀 pic.twitter.com/9pCLe5Tx0k
— Milton Keynes Dons (@MKDonsFC) April 10, 2022
Like Marco van Basten’s effort for the Netherlands at Euro ’88, the Irishman fired a powerful and sublime volley in off the crossbar after a looping ball to the back post from his teammate, 37-year-old Dean Lewington.
His form this campaign has earned praise from those around him, including fellow loanee, West Ham midfielder Connor Coventry, who said to reporters last month:
“Troy is class. Obviously, I played with him before so I know his quality. I’m not surprised by how good he is. The way he’s been working for the team has been incredible, and it shows that he is still developing and learning.
“He’s a quality player and I’m just happy to play with him every week.”
His initial loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich Town flattered to deceive but it’s now evident that Parrott has found his feet in Buckinghamshire; he’ll be hoping that he can forge his way into the first team at Spurs upon his return in the summer.
And Harry Kane may have provided the perfect blueprint to follow.
The England talisman had mixed loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City before making his mark in north London.
Despite a lack of minutes in Spurs’ senior squad, the academy gem remains a regular presence in the Republic of Ireland squad, picking up nine caps and two goals.
According to The Athletic, the north London outfit are expected to extend Parrott’s contract until the summer of 2023 and he could go back out on loan next season, further following in Kane’s footsteps, given it would be his fourth stint away.
Some believe he has a reputation of being “flashy“, whilst Ireland’s assistant manager Keith Andrews said during the latest international break: “Troy has been flying in training. There has been a real noticeable difference, I would say, in Troy between this and the last camp.”
It remains to be seen if Parrott will emerge as a future first-teamer at Hotspur Way but if he continues to impress, then there’s a very good chance that he can follow the likes of Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga into Conte’s setup.
He could save them millions in the transfer window in the future.