Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott was attracting attention from another Premier League side in January, according to a report from The Sun.
Plenty of Spurs fans may have expected to see Parrott leave the club in January. The 17-year-old has certainly established himself as one for the future.
He has made his senior debut for club and country this season. But with chances proving difficult to come by at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it appeared that he may be given the chance to leave on loan this month.
However, The Sun reports that UEFA’s home-grown rules scuppered any hopes of the Republic of Ireland international leaving last month.
Perhaps agonisingly, Parrott is just days away from being able to qualify for the Champions League B list as a home-grown player.
The teenager has to spend two years at Spurs without leaving on loan. And having signed on his 16th birthday, his two years will be complete early next week when he turns 18.
However, leaving on loan last month would have left Parrott needing to do another two years upon his return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to qualify.
And it appears that there were plenty of sides left disappointed by Tottenham’s decision to keep him. And that includes one from the top flight.
The Sun has suggested that Burnley joined the likes of Charlton Athletic, ADO Den Haag and FC Twente in the running for his signature.
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It may sound strange to suggest, but Parrott would have arguably faced as much of a challenge getting into Burnley’s team as he does now he is staying at Tottenham.
Sean Dyche is well-stocked for options in the final third. Even with Ashley Barnes injured, the Clarets have Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez in their ranks. They also have Matej Vydra closer to the fringes of the squad.
Spurs meanwhile, do not have a recognised striker in their first-team while Harry Kane is injured.
Of course, they do have players more than capable of playing up front in the Premier League. And thus, Parrott’s path is still blocked.
But there would have arguably been few guarantees over game-time had he moved to Turf Moor last month. So it may not have been the smartest move anyway.