Tottenham teenager Troy Parrott almost joined League of Ireland club Dundalk in the January transfer window but Spurs pulled the plug on a deal, according to the Irish Mirror.
Parrot signed a new contract earlier this month but Jose Mourinho has not given the striker any game time since Harry Kane and Son Heung-min succumbed to injuries. Having made his Premier League debut in December, Parrott was tipped to feature more prominently in the second half of the season, but that simply hasn’t happened.
The Republic of Ireland international was linked a loan move to Championship side Charlton Athletic in January but a deal failed to materialise. And a new report suggests there is a key reason why Tottenham did not let Parrott leave.
First, the Irish Mirror reports Spurs actually held talks with Dundalk – alongside Charlton, QPR and Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag – and Parrott was apparently keen to move home to secure more regular first-team football.
The story suggests Tottenham ultimately stopped Parrott from leaving because he had to be with the club for two years in order to be registered in their Champions League squad as a homegrown player in the future. If he had left in January, Parrott would have been a month short of the required two-year period.
It’s a shame Parrott isn’t getting any senior game time anywhere, and an even bigger shame he hasn’t been deemed ready to feature for Spurs’ first-team – particularly given the current injury situation.