This evening will see Republic of Ireland’s under-17s attempt to join their English counterparts in the semi-finals of the UEFA Under-17 European Championships. The Irish boys emerged from their group in second place and face off with the Netherlands at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield later today.
One set of fans who should be keeping track of the Irish team and their progress are those of Tottenham Hotspur. One of the stars of the tournament so far has been 17-year-old Irish forward Troy Parrott.
He has scored two goals, including a sublime free-kick v Bosnia-Herzegovina, and will be looking to impose some damage on the much-fancied Dutch this evening.
The youngster’s brilliant natural talent has seen him tipped to become a future star for the Ireland first-team, perhaps even becoming the ‘next Robbie Keane.’
Tottenham Hotspur fans will certainly hope so. Ireland’s record scorer is also a former Tottenham player. Keane spent two spells at Spurs, scoring 122 goals in 306 appearances for the London club during his time as a Tottenham player.
Spurs beat off competition from the likes of Celtic and Everton to ensure the signing of Parrott back in March of last year. The then 15-year-old agreed to a pre-contract arrangement with Spurs and officially became a Tottenham player when he turned 16, leaving his boyhood club Belvedere in the progress.
The teenager, who is something of a free-kick specialist, has been catching the eye during the tournament in England this summer.
Considering his goalscoring nature and hard-working attitude, it is easy to see why. The Irish press has been raging about his displays in England and while he is just 16-years-old Tottenham fans should be keeping track of the youngster. As one day, he could be a star in the first-team in North London.