Gary Rowett hails Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott for his Millwall performance
Millwall manager Gary Rowett raved about an “excellent” performance from Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott on Wednesday night, as he made his first ever start in Championship football.
The 18-year-old exited Spurs in the summer on a season-long loan in the second-tier and he’s dropped down a division to help his development with regular football.
His season has been wrecked at the start by an ankle injury, but he’s now working his way back to fitness and has featured in back-to-back league games.
The centre-forward started in Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw against Reading, with Jed Wallace’s goal for the hosts cancelled out by Lucas Joao in the second-half.
Despite failing to get on the scoresheet, the Republic of Ireland international was heavily involved trying to link up play in the final third and offered some glimpses of why he’s so highly-rated.
Rowett gave a glowing verdict on Parrott after playing 63 minutes on his first league start, as well as offering some constrictive feedback on where he can improve.
“He was bright. For an 18-year-old player to make his league debut, I thought he was excellent,” Rowett said, as quoted by London News Online.
“He showed what great vision he’s got, his link play was good. I’d have liked him to maybe get a little bit higher at times.
“Reading dropped really deep in the first half and there wasn’t much space, so maybe an older player with a little bit more physical presence stays higher and tries to fight in the box for those moments when it’s wide. That’s something that he’ll get with more games and exposure in the Championship. We need to keep him fit, because we think he’s an excellent player.”
Aged 18, Parrott has taken the brave root of dropping down to the Championship and it’s a division that’s very demanding for younger plays.
The forward scored goals at a brilliant rate at youth level for Spurs and the question is now whether or not he can do that at first-team level, as many have tipped him to be an option for the senior team moving forward.
There are obvious comparisons made between him and Spurs’ world-class striker Harry Kane, as the latter spent time out on loan with Millwall at the beginning of his career.
But Spurs fans can’t put that kind of pressure on him now and they should just be intrigued to see how he gets on Millwall now that he’s fit again.
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