Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned about too much pressure being placed on prospect Troy Parrott and called for patience over his development.
The 17-year-old is a highly-rated player in the Spurs academy and he’s expected to make a breakthrough into the first-team.
He’s a centre-forward that has been prolific at youth level and he also scored the winner for Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s side during the international break in a victory against Armenia.
But the attacker is yet to make his senior debut for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and it seems like there is already a lot of excitement surrounding him from supporters.
Harry Kane is the only recognised striker in the first-team squad, despite the fact Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son sometimes play more centrally.
Parrott may hope he can make his debut at some point this campaign and a cup appearance doesn’t seem out of the question.
But Pochettino doesn’t want the Irishman in the spotlight and has tried downplaying him.
“I think the progress was there [in the last six months] because he had the possibility to be involved in pre-season. Now he’s more consistently training with the first team,” Pochettino said in his press conference, as cited by Football.London.
“But I think he needs time, we need to be relaxed. We cannot put his name in the spotlight every day because we’re not going to help him by doing that. He’s still so young.
“If we put too much pressure we’re going to force or push him to make a mistake and that’s what we don’t want.”
Pochettino is being sensible with his comments about Parrott and trying to take any pressure away from him, but it would create a real buzz in the fanbase if he comes into contention at some point after the international break.
Harry Kane and Harry Winks are testament to the kind of success stories that have come out of the academy in recent times, while the manager has never been afraid to chuck young players in.
It seems inevitable that due to a lack of options Parrott will get a chance at some point, so it’s up to him to be ready for that and until then to keep impressing in the Under-23s Spurs team.