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'Wow, he's got something': Niall Quinn has high hopes for 19-year-old Spurs talent

Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Troy Parrott has been praised by Niall Quinn, who admits he was wowed by the Spurs gem last year and is optimistic about his future.

The 19-year-old, one of the most highly rated players to come through the Spurs ranks, is currently with Ipswich after being recalled from Millwall during the January transfer window.

Parrott’s time in Southeast London didn’t go to plan amid injuries and a lack of starts, so he made the switch from the Championship side to the League One outfit.

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To date, he has made two appearances for Ipswich, both starts, and Paul Lambert has spoken highly of him, saying “he’s going to be some player” if he keeps progressing.

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Republic of Ireland legend Quinn spoke about Parrott in the context of the glut of emerging talent up front that the national team could call upon amid a goal drought spanning 11 hours.

“Suddenly you are mentioning young players and we are almost saying: ‘It’s up to you guys’,” he told the Irish Examiner.

“That’s wrong, we need to be more understanding. I guess young players today, while they are learning their trade and improving every day, there is nothing like experiences, and even bad ones at the start, to improve your mental toughness to make the step up.

“About a year ago, the one I was watching the most was Troy Parrott. You think: ‘Wow, he’s got something, this fella’. Obviously he’s been injured, and his loan at Millwall didn’t work out. I’d love to see him get a goal or two and put in a good performance, and you build on that.”

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Parrott is deemed one of Tottenham’s best academy graduates in recent years, and during last year’s crisis up front, there were many calls from fans and pundits for Jose Mourinho to give the teenager senior game time.

While Mourinho’s stance looks justified now, with Parrott looking like he needs more time to develop, he’s certainly heading in the right direction now, and hopefully he’ll have a successful stint at Portman Road and eventually kick on for both Spurs and the Republic.

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