Mick McCarthy left unimpressed by Troy Parrott contract extension
The Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has delivered an honest verdict on his assessment of Troy Parrott ‘s contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur. (h/t Football London)
Parrott signed a three-year extension with the club after he turned 18 last week. The youngster was keen on leaving the club on loan in January in search of first-team football. Spurs, however, chose to keep him at the club instead to take advantage of UEFA regulations (h/t Football London).
Any player who has spent two years at a club before he turns 18 is homegrown. Having joined the club in 2016, Parrott completed two years at the club in February hence making him eligible for Tottenham’s Champions League B list.
It is a shrewd move by Spurs to ensure the player qualified for the category. However, it is likely to have come at the cost of his gaining regular playing time elsewhere.
This was a sore point for McCarthy, who gave the 18-year-old his Ireland debut against New Zealand at Dublin last year. The tactician also went on to confirm that the striker will miss his country’s Euro 2020 playoff match next month (h/t Football London).
McCarthy’s side will face off against Slovakia before taking on the winners of the tie between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland as they aim to qualify for Europe’s premier international competition.
Speaking to the Irish Times (h/t Football London), McCarthy expressed his displeasure at Parrott staying put at Spurs. The 61-year-old believes that the youngster would have been better served going on loan to Charlton Athletic instead.
“It’s great for him financially, he’s got a new contract but I wish he was playing football somewhere.”
Parrott is the only specialist striker in the Spurs squad following Hary Kane’s injury.
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The 18-year old has been a prolific scorer for the Irish youth teams. Parrott has scored 12 goals in 18 matches across various youth levels. (h/t Transfermarkt)
The youngster also impressed on his senior debut as he grabbed an assist in Ireland’s 3-1 victory over New Zealand.