Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott has expressed his delight of signing a professional contract with the north London club.
The highly-rated striker, who turned 17 on Monday, has been included in first-team training as well as travelling with the rest of the Spurs squad to games having been listed as the 19th man that will be called upon should an injury occur to a member of the matchday line-up.
Dublin-born Parrott joined Tottenham in 2017 from Irish side Belvedere and has played across the age groups in competitions in England and Europe.
The Ireland Under-19 international, who was pointed out by former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil as one to watch for the future, has scored 11 goals in just seven appearances in the U18 Premier League and has also featured for the U23 side in the EFL Trophy group matches against Crawley Town and Portsmouth.
He has also found the back of the net three times in five outings in the UEFA Youth League for Tottenham, including one in the 2-0 win over Barcelona in November.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been willing to give youngsters a chance since arriving at the helm in 2014 and has brought Parrott with the rest of the first-team to matches in both the Premier League and Champions League.
18-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp has broken into the team this season and Pochettino mentioned Parrott when asked about Skipp last month.
“I think Skippy is ready to play. All the players that we have in the squad, the younger ones like him or Troy Parrott, who was involved today for the first time, it’s because they’re involved in the first team during days, during weeks, during months, and it’s only to give the possibility to play,” he said.
“I don’t doubt them and I am not worried about players who are injured or don’t perform in their best, because we have another who can replace them. I promise we are going to win or lose with one or another.”
Spurs remain third in the Premier League following their 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday and are now just four points off leaders Liverpool.
Leicester City are the next visitors to Wembley on February 10 before Tottenham host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League knockout stages three days later.