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‘Needs to become a man’: Spurs talent who ‘could be a great’ urged to seal loan transfer

Damien Delaney has told the Sunday World that Troy Parrott needs to leave Tottenham Hotspur on loan this summer.

The former Republic of Ireland defender believes Parrott endured two difficult loan spells with Millwall and Ipswich Town last season. He moved to The Den on a year-long deal but left in January for League One football at Portman Road.

Parrott had only made 11 Championship appearances for Millwall, starting seven, and failed to score a single goal. His drought would continue with Ipswich until March and only penned his second of the term on the final day.

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It was a disappointing return after Tottenham fans yearned for Jose Mourinho to give Parrott a chance the season before. The Spurs product had scored 11 goals in seven youth-level appearances in 2019/20 but made just four first-team outings.

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Tottenham could now look to send Parrott back out on loan next season. And Delaney would urge him to accept a move as the 19-year-old needs a full season of first-team football.

“Troy could be a great player, but he has a long way to go and he will have a huge decision to make in the next pre-season,” Delaney said. “He’s been to Millwall, and it didn’t work out for him, he went to Ipswich, and it hasn’t been great for him.

“Next season, he needs to be at a team where he is playing regularly, learn how to manage himself, manage his recovery, play 50 games and understand the challenge that brings.

“There is a big learning experience there for a young player in terms of recovery and preparation. Under 23s football is very different to the senior game and Troy needs to become a man now.”

TBR’s view: Parrott must leave Tottenham on loan

The hype around Parrott was large a year ago but the Tottenham product enters the summer on the back of an underwhelming campaign. He now has to secure a loan with a side where regular minutes will be forthcoming and goals can follow.

Parrott must show his potential next season to cement his future in north London under a new head coach. His efforts at Millwall then Ipswich will not have been enough to earn a role in a Premier League squad.

But at 19, the six-cap Republic of Ireland international still has plenty of time in had to turn things around. And bouncing back from a disappointing season will go a long way to proving what sort of character Parrot is.

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