'Out of sorts, 5/10': National media not impressed by 20-year-old Tottenham youngster's international display
Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott earned another cap for the Republic of Ireland last night – and the national media was not impressed by his display.
Stephen Kenny’s side scraped past Armenia at the Aviva Stadium after surrendering a 2-0 lead.
Ireland conceded two goals inside two minutes in the second-half. But Robert Brady stepped up from the penalty spot in the 91st minute to give the Boys in Green an important win.
Parrott led the line for Kenny’s side, but the Irish media was underwhelmed by his display.
Media not impressed by Parrott’s display
Parrott is currently on loan at Championship outfit Preston North End and is yet to find the back of the net this season.
Now after last night, the youngster hasn’t scored for his country in his last three games, his last goal came against Scotland back in June.
And the Irish media was not impressed with his display after Kenny put his ‘faith’ in the striker by handing him another start.
The Irish Independent gave Parrott a five out of 10 for his performance against Armenia. The outlet claim the opposition defence completely marked him out of the game.
They wrote: “Kenny is certainly putting his faith in Parrott and he didn’t really seize the moment here with Armenia alert to his movements around the box and covering any runs off Obafemi.”
The Irish Times were slightly more generous with their rating, as they gave the Spurs man a six out of 10.
But they state that Parrott will have to start adding more end product to his game, rather than just a high work-rate.
“There will have to come a point where he brings more than energy and dutiful running,” they wrote.
“Tough game for him with Armenia camped on the edge of the box but never got a sight of goal and looks a player out of sorts.”
TBR’s View: Parrot needs to bounce back after tough period
Parrott is clearly going through a difficult run of form having failed to score for club and country this season.
But the Spurs academy product has put in some eye-catching displays for Ireland at a young age and impressed at MK Dons last season.
Younger players tend to go through patchy spells of form and Parrott will be hoping to bounce back when he returns to Preston this week.