Former striker Robbie Keane has some advice for a talented young current Tottenham Hotspur player. The Republic of Ireland coach, who has recently been appointed assistant manager at Middlesbrough, believes that Troy Parrott has a bright future in the game.
However, speaking to the Irish Sun, he made it clear that the teenager should consider following in Harry Kane’s footsteps and heading out on loan this summer.
“Harry Kane went to five teams. Go and play because you get so much experience being in front of a crowd, instead of 25 people.
“That feeling of the crowd shouting, whether it be 5,000 or 10,000 people, it’s pressure then. Is there pressure playing Under-21s when nobody is watching you?
…This is a big year for him. Then it is up to Tottenham what they do.”
Parrott has been compared to Keane by some, with the feeling he might be a future star for the Republic of Ireland.
Tottenham, who snapped Parrott up as a 15-year-old from Belvedere, have had Parrott in and around the first-team this season and appear to have big plans for him going forward.
Sending Parrott on loan would certainly seem a sensible option. It is a practice Tottenham have moved away from in recent years. But Kane’s experiences at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City, and Leicester City clearly helped improve him as a player.
At 17-years-old, it might still be too early for Tottenham to consider sending Parrott out on loan.
It is more likely they will keep him and around the under-23s next term, especially after some recent injury trouble.
However, come January, it might be time for Tottenham to consider giving Parrott that exposure Keane is talking about. Especially if Sours want him to become the next Keane, or indeed, Kane.