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 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.”last_img read more