In comments reported by the Irish Mirror, Mick McCarthy has suggested that next month’s international break could provide the ideal opportunity to hand Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott his senior debut for Republic of Ireland.
Parrott appears to be knocking on the door for club and country at the moment. He scored four goals for Spurs in their UEFA Youth League win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.
He has now scored three goals in three appearances for Republic of Ireland’s under-21 side. And ahead of next month’s friendly with New Zealand, McCarthy suggested that he is one player who is leaving him with a decision to make.
“We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level,” he said, as reported by the Irish Mirror. “We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team.
“New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.
“Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him a world of good.”
Parrott appears to be doing all he can to make an impression on McCarthy and Mauricio Pochettino. His Tottenham debut came in this year’s Carabao Cup. And it would be a big surprise if that proved to be his only appearance of the campaign for his club.
It must be incredibly difficult to get into Spurs’ lineup as an attacking player. Even when some of the first-team players are not on form, they remain some of the best in the Premier League.
But Parrott is certainly making an impact. And if McCarthy does give him a chance in November and he takes full advantage of the opportunity, perhaps Pochettino may also be tempted to use the youngster more as the Christmas period stretches his squad.