Mauricio Pochettino reportedly asked Republic of Ireland boss, Mick McCarthy, not to include Troy Parrott in the Irish senior side for a recent friendly with Bulgaria.
The 17-year-old striker is picking up a reputation as a wonderkid at Tottenham. After an impressive summer, he is now the second out-and-out striker at the club after Tottenham failed to replace Fernando Llorente in the summer.
During the most recent international break, Parrott scored three goals in his first two appearances for the Ireland under-21s.
It came amid rumours he could step up to the senior set-up, after training with McCarthy’s men.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham boss Pochettino was opposed to the idea. They claim that McCarthy wanted to call up Parrott for the friendly with Bulgaria. However, Pochettino asked him to treat Parrott ‘carefully’ and he stayed with the under-21s.
This claim would counteract what McCarthy has been saying about the situation.
As reported by The Independent, McCarthy told the press that Parrott needed to be playing first-team football at Spurs before being considered for the senior national side. McCarthy was also quoted as telling the Irish Sun that it was better for Parrott to play a competitive game with the under-21s and not a friendly.
Considering the Ireland boss is not one to mince his words, it would be something of a surprise if these were not his actual feelings.
But if Pochettino has made the call, it is certainly a good move from the Tottenham manager. Parrott still has plenty of improving to do before he is thrust into the international spotlight.
Hopefully, Tottenham can continue to develop him this season and start easing him into first-team contention.
Then, the teenager might be ready for a shot in the Republic of Ireland senior squad.