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Mick McCarthy admits being excited over Troy Parrott but says he needs first team games

(Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Mick McCarthy admits being excited over Troy Parrott but says he needs first team games

Tottenham don’t have a load of strikers, but Mauricio Pochettino’s reliance on Harry Kane means first team action may be hard to come by.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says that Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott needs to get senior gametime before he can be considered for his setup.

As per Sky Sports, McCarthy admitted being excited by the young striker but was keen to emphasise the huge leap between age group football and the senior international scene.

He said: “Get in the first team. You do realise that the Under 21s and the Under 23s 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. If somebody makes you a substitute and you come on a do that, deliver that kind of performance, that’s what it’s all about. He’s a good kid and I am excited by him.”

(Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

TBR’s View – Pochettino’s reliance on Kane means Parrott is miles off senior international selection

McCarthy has made it clear he won’t be pushing Parrott into his side ahead of time, and that playing matches for Spurs is the way to prove himself.


The problem Parrott has is that Harry Kane plays nearly every single minute for which he is available – fully fit or not – and Heung-min Son deputises otherwise.

Other promising strikers such as Leo Griffiths and Kazaiah Sterling have come through at Tottenham in recent years and haven’t had a sniff of the first team because of Kane.

That means that Parrott looks absolutely miles off the Ireland senior side for as long as Mick McCarthy is in charge.

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