After years of looking Tottenham may have finally found someone happy to play second fiddle to Harry Kane – and they haven’t had to look very far.
The likes of Roberto Soldado, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have all tried and failed, although the latter could make re-sign for Spurs in the coming weeks. And those departures could pave the way for 17-year-old Troy Parrott to make his breakthrough.
Mauricio Pochettino opted against sending Parrott to this summer’s European Under-19 Championships so he could join the rest of Tottenham’s first-team squad on their pre-season tour of Asia.
And Parrott was quick to repay his managers faith by making immediate impact on his senior Tottenham debut as he set up Erik Lamela’s opener against Italian giants Juventus after his shot was saved by Gianluigi Buffon before the winger prodded home.
He will be hoping for another opportunity to impress when Spurs face Manchester United in their second International Champions Cup match in Shanghai tomorrow.
Pochettino was asked whether the youngster will be a part of his first-team squad moving forward. Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine answered: “Today, yes [he could be part of the squad], tomorrow, I don’t know. We’re working with the [young] players, trying to provide the best platform and possibility for them to perform and be comfortable with the first team.
“He’s still so young but we’ll see what happens at the end of the transfer window. if we have the squad that we have today, of course he’s going to have the possibility to be with the first team.”