PHIL BABB reckons Troy Parrott should stay at Tottenham and fight for his place.The Ireland striker turns 18 next month and has been restricted to just two appearances for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs despite a recent hamstring injury to Harry Kane.1Credit: AFP or licensorsParrott – who won his only international cap against New Zealand last November – was not even included on the bench for the FA Cup replay against Championship side Middlesbrough on Tuesday.His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2021 but Spurs are keen to secure him on a new long-term deal.And former Ireland and Liverpool defender Babb believes Parrott is the perfect fit for the London side and that he may be rewarded for his patience if he does not go out on loan during the January transfer window.However, Babb has also warned against the hysteria surrounding Parrott’s potential and insists the Belvedere product still needs to put in the work.SPURS NEED HIMBabb – capped 35 times for Ireland – said: “Parrott seems to me the type of player that Spurs would like to have on their books because he’s very technical and has got a good shot on him as well, so who knows.“With Jose Mourinho, we know what he’s like. The thing is, are Spurs going to spend big money? No, so they have to develop the talent that they’ve already got. And if you look at the top teams in the Premier League their managers are doing that.“Jurgen Klopp is doing it at Liverpool, Frank Lampard is doing it at Chelsea, Mikel Arteta is trying to do it at Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to do it at Man Utd.“It might be something Spurs have to do too if Jose doesn’t get the money he wants. If that’s the case, then the likes of Troy will have to grasp any little chance he gets.STAY AND FIGHT“People wax lyrical about Troy. I’ve watched him a few times at under-age level and yes, he looks as though he’s got all the tools, but it’s difficult to tell.“Is he the type of player who should go out on loan or could he break through into the Tottenham team if he stays put? He’s obviously got tremendous talent, so if he’s got the belief then maybe he should stay and try to force his way into that first team regularly.“I like Parrott, but it’s down to the individual. We see a lot of players nowadays who believe in themselves yet fail to make the breakthrough at the top level.”Babb is excited by the attacking talent Ireland have emerging in the Premier League at the moment.Southampton’s Michael Obafemi, 19, scored a fine goal against Chelsea on St Stephen’s Day and Aaron Connolly, 19, has also impressed at Brighton this season.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidBabb told bookmakers.co.uk: “It’s exactly what we’ve needed. We’ve been lacking in this department for some time. Michael Obafemi took his goal at Chelsea really well and we’ve seen how busy Aaron Connolly has been for Brighton already.“Since Robbie Keane retired, we haven’t had an out-and-out goalscorer. We’ve got players like David McGoldrick who is very busy and useful but doesn’t get many goals. We’ve struggled these past few years and that’s one of the main reasons why. But these kids look great and it bodes well.“Like a lot of us, I was sceptical about where our next group of players were going to come from. We’ve got an aging squad now and it’s been tried and trusted for a while, but we need to bring through some new blood.”
Skeldon Estate takeover…Jagdeo says Opposition informed after secret MoU signedGovernment has denied any secrecy in a deal struck with a Trinidadian company for a possible takeover of the lucrative Skeldon Estate, a state entity under the management of the cash-strapped and heavily-indebted Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).The US$200 million Skeldon Sugar FactoryAt the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman pointed out that it was just a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study.“There is nothing here to sign the assets away, but it is just meant to conduct a study… There is no such thing as a secret deal… (and) so the mischief about a takeover and all that is just what it is – a mischief, false and should not be repeated and peddled,” the Minister noted.He went on to quote the document which states that, “The parties agree that this MoU constitutes a strategic liaison the company and GO-Invest intended to formulate and facilitate the development of a feasibility study for an integrated sugarcane processing facility for GuySuCo’s assets and related assets in Skeldon, Guyana.”According to Trotman, while the document has no confidentiality clause, Government is not aware that when it is entering into an MoU that it has to have members of the Opposition alongside to witness.Guyana Times broke the story on Tuesday that Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) was likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate, after the MoU was inked in December for the undertaking of a feasibility study.However, Trotman said that the Opposition, GuySuCo and the relevant unions representing sugar workers were also informed about the MoU. This was also disclosed by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, when contacted on the matter earlier this week.“There was a meeting when we met with the Opposition and the unions … to try to get them on board for the way forward for GuySuCo. At that meeting, the question of the MoU came up and it was provided to the Opposition to look at. The Opposition is well aware of it, because it was given to them by the Government. So, I don’t know what is the secret deal; they have the MoU,” Holder explained.But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in his criticism of the agreement pointed out that Government entered into this deal without any consultations with stakeholders beforehand.“They claim that this is without prejudice to privatisation. But if you have a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with someone to assess the entity, then you are already giving one person an advantage over any person who may be interested if you decide to privatise. So they are busy working these quiet deals and one day we may wake up and find that one of the prized estates in Guyana is gone to a group that knows nothing about sugar or is on middle land without any public valuation of the land, no public tendering, but has acquired a deal by the Government,” he told media operatives on Wednesday.The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the Estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions. Jagdeo contended that this was one of the many actions of the Government which he considered “totally reprehensible”.“You do not speak with the parliamentary Opposition. You know, just recently, they called us in December, after everything else and told us they want to talk to us about it, but the secret MoU was already signed, now the story is in the news,” he outlined. The MoU was signed on December 8, 2016.The Trinidadian company reportedly has no experience with any agricultural enterprise, and provides engineering services to the automotive and oil industries in T&T. Notable, as well, is the fact that witness to the signing was Noel Rupie Shewjattan, the owner of Auto Fashion Store on Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. Auto Fashion Store also has no experience in the agricultural sector.The MoU seen by Guyana Times outlines that the company will be conducting a feasibility study, which is proposed to commence on April 3. DRCL is slated to benefit tremendously if its project proposal is approved by the current coalition Administration.According to the MoU, some expectations in the event a definitive agreement is entered into would include access to key infrastructure, favourable combination of tax incentives, and land for sugarcane cultivation and infrastructure.The company is also set to receive reasonable approval cycles, guarantees on minimum product take-off by the Government with respect to electric power and fuel ethanol, guaranteed pricing formulae and power export provisions.