Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has said that Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott must start playing for the senior side of his club if he wants to start winning a senior national team call-up.
“Get in the first team,” said McCarthy as stated in The Independent.
“You do realise that the U21s and the U23s where he’s playing is far-removed from where we are playing, don’t you? There’s a huge difference.
“If I think he’s right, I’ll take him. We’ll try and get him watched. It’s interesting – if he hadn’t come on and scored his goals, I wonder what would the questions be had he not come on, because Stephen (Kenny)’s not played him?”
The 17-year-old has been in good form for the Ireland U-21 side during recent weeks and recently scored a brace during his side’s win against Sweden U-21.
The Tottenham youngster also scored during his debut for the Ireland U-21 team against Armenia as well. This has prompted calls for him to be given an opportunity to play for the Republic of Ireland’s senior team.
Parrott has yet to make a senior appearance for the Spurs first-team. It will be interesting to see how he features under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
It would obviously be a risk to feature him in senior games at this point for long periods but he could perhaps be given cameos during cup games and during the latter stages of matches that Tottenham are comprehensively winning.
This will allow him to take a taste of what first-team football is like. Spurs may also have to use him at some point considering that they let go off Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen during the summer and failed to bring in a suitable replacement for either player.
In the event that Harry Kane is injured, Pochettino will have no choice but to utilise Son Heung-min or Lucas Moura outside of their natural position.
Once Tottenham bring in experienced cover for Kane, they must look to send Parrott out on loan so that he can get more senior team experience and grow in confidence.