Phil Babb thinks Troy Parrott should stay at Spurs at fight for his place

first_imgPHIL 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 “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.”last_img read more

World Cup 2015 semifinal defeat still haunts AB de Villiers

first_imgSouth Africa were on the brink of snapping the jinx of in an ICC tournament, when they reached the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup. However, they lost to New Zealand by four wickets in a thriller that went down to the last ball. AB de Villiers, then captaining the Proteas, considers that defeat as his “greatest disappointment” in his newly-published book – AB: The Autobiography, which released today.Busy signing books. Exciting few days ahead! @PanMacmillanSA #ABbook; AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 1, 2016De Villiers was convinced South Africa would lift the World Cup despite losing two group games and then going on to win their first ever World Cup knockout game, beating Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal.In the book, de Villiers has dedicated one chapter, called “The Dream”, to the 2015 World Cup where he reveals that a last-minute change to the playing XI for the semifinal also affected the result of the match. Vernon Philander was drafted in to replace Kyle Abbott and de Villiers says the change was done to weigh in the racial factor. (AB de Villiers’ autobiography: Story of a boy who excelled at three sports )De Villiers further reveals that 30 minutes before the team meeting, he got a call. The person, not named in the book, apparently told him that Philander was fit and will play the semifinal instead of Abbott. The selectors believed that Philander, who missed better part of the tournament due to a hamstring injury, will be an ideal bowler and will be able to move the ball in New Zealand conditions.advertisement”We had been assured that Cricket South Africa was the only national governing body in the country that had declined to set a target for the number of players of colour to be included in the national team but there was a delicate balance to be struck and it was generally understood that, as they chose the side, the national selectors would be conscious of providing opportunities for at least four players of colour.Really enjoyed my visit to @jeppeboys Great school! #ABbook @PanMacmillanSA; AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 1, 2016″So what had happened? Had Vernon, who was officially classified as coloured, been selected ahead of Kyle, who was officially white, to ensure there were four players of colour in the semifinal? Or had the decision been made for purely cricketing reasons?”De Villiers was also disappointed with the fact that he had to think of his team-mates on racial terms and at the team meeting before the semifinal match he chose not to bring up the topic. Instead to inspire the team used a line from a ‘One Republic’ song: “We owe it to each other to promise each other that ‘with every broken bone’ we’re going to leave it out there tomorrow.”After South Africa lost the semifinal, de Villiers chose not to blame the loss on the selection fiasco and rather held the missed opportunities responsible for the loss.Moreover, de Villiers writes that he is supportive of the transformation needed in South Africa cricket, if done in a morally correct way. “I was certainly not blind to the wider issues and I regard the process of transformation in South African cricket not as something imposed on the game but as something that was morally the right thing to do.”There is a “burning desire” for de Villiers to see South Africa win the World Cup, which suggests he will be playing in 2019. However, de Villiers believes that one day South Africa will win an ICC tournament.”It will never be much fun until a Proteas team finally goes out and wins one of these ICC limited-overs tournaments. That will happen one day.”last_img read more