Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs impressed by Troy Parrott development & hope he can become next Harry Kane

Sean Walsh
Parrott is currently on loan at MK Dons
Parrott is currently on loan at MK Dons / Pete Norton/Getty Images

Tottenham's backroom staff are trying to convince the board not to block Troy Parrott's path to the first team as they believe he can become the next Harry Kane.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at League One side Milton Keynes Dons and has started the season in fine fashion, with three goals and three assists already this campaign.

Parrott, who has already scored twice for the Republic of Ireland senior team, endured a frustrating 2020/21 campaign on loan at Millwall and Ipswich. But 90min understands Spurs' belief in the striker remains sky-high and that he has the potential to follow in Kane's footsteps.

Coaches monitoring Parrott's progress are trying to persuade the board not to sign anyone who could block his pathway into the first team.

Kane, like Parrott, spent time in the Championship and League One, honing his craft with Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester. He played a combined 60 games out on loan, though only scored 16 goals.

Spurs have struggled to find a reliable deputy to Kane ever since he broke into the first team. The club signed Vincent Janssen from AZ for £17m in 2016, but he went on to score six goals in 42 games for the club.

Fernando Llorente was brought in from Swansea the following year, and he helped Spurs in their run to the Champions League final before joining Napoli on a free transfer.

Parrott then served as one of Spurs' backup forwards in the 2019/20 season, and there were calls for him to play more often following injuries to Kane and Son Heung-min. However, then-boss Jose Mourinho dismissed such an idea, suggesting that the fans wanted a player to start despite not knowing what he looked like.

Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Tottenham, scoring 10 goals in 22 games and proving popular among fans. Spurs did not trigger their option to buy Vinicius for surplus of £30m.

Tottenham did not sign a striker in the most recent summer transfer window, with 17-year-old Dane Scarlett the only recognised centre-forward in the squad besides Kane. However, Spurs currently have no plans to recall Parrott in the January transfer window.

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