Former Tottenham midfielder and current Charlton Athletic assistant manager Johnnie Jackson reckons that Troy Parrott is going to be a “serious player” in the future – despite missing out on loaning the teenager in January.
Jackson, who played for Tottenham between 1999 and 2006, revealed that the Addicks have been watching the 18-year-old striker in recent months and were interested in bringing him to The Valley in the January window.
However, despite a conversation with Spurs’ U23s manager Wayne Burnett, Jose Mourinho didn’t want the Republic of Ireland frontman to leave, even though he’s hardly features since.
Jackson, who was also a product of Tottenham’s Academy, is expecting Charlton to come back in for Parrott this summer, but thinks they will face stiff competition from a number of Championship sides.
“We were really interested in taking him, we liked him a lot,” Jackson told The Last Word On Spurs.
“I spoke to a lot of people there, I spoke to Wayne Burnett, who does the U23s. He said take him, he’s a top lad, a top player. He said he might not play for us every week, but even when he’s on the bench, he will bring you something coming on.
“We watched him closely, we watched a lot of his clips and we had him watched in games and stuff like that. We were well aware of what he can do and we liked him, but they weren’t willing to let him go. I think that was probably because of the age, but if you look at him, he doesn’t look like an 18-year-old.
“He reminds me of [Harry] Kane to be honest, and the way that he moves. If he carries on improving, I think he is going to be a serious player.
“I guess when we get back playing or next season, whenever that may be, there will be a lot of interest in him and I guess it will be dependent on what Spurs do in the market striker wise, what they’ll be willing to do with him. But I think he needs get out and play some league football the lad, I think that will be a great start for him.
“He will probably walk into a lot of Championship clubs, on loan next year, there will be a lot of interest for him. We will be looking at him closely and if it is something we can do at the time then I’m sure we will try and do it, but I’m sure there will be fierce competition.”
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