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Tottenham Hotspur posted footage of youngster Troy Parrott’s brilliant winning goal for the Republic of Ireland U21s on Tuesday, and it suggested he could be more like Dimitar Berbatov than Robbie Keane.
The composure. ?
?? @troyparrott9’s superb second to secure the win for @FAIreland U21s.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 10, 2019
Of course, being the same nationality as the latter the parallels and comparisons are obvious, and fans on Twitter were once again likening the 17-year-old to the player who scored 121 goals in 300 appearances in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt, across two separate spells for the north London outfit, following his latest display.
Troy Parrott is the Successor to Robbie Keane. ❤️??❤️
— Eric ??⚔️?????⚜️ (@loccityhero) September 10, 2019
Troy Parrott is gonna score more goals for Tottenham than Robbie Keane. The future is bright, it’s lilywhite.
— 95+1 (@maxboas) September 10, 2019
Troy Parrott is the new Robbie Keane ?
— Joey (@EoinJoeyJordan) September 10, 2019
Take a bow Troy Parrott – next Robbie ?? hope poch is tuned in #futuresbright https://t.co/a0Wayrm87d
— Patrick Duffy (@Duffy_Clyro21) September 10, 2019
But watching the clip of his second goal, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was another former Spurs ace in Berbatov given the way he glided up the pitch, before showing great composure to then execute a cheeky chipped finish into the net.
That was something that was all too familiar when the Bulgarian was in a white shirt, as he notched 46 times in 102 games before moving on to Manchester United.
The fact that Parrott is only 17 years of age and is already showing signs of that quality is exciting, and bodes well for the future.
Given the lack of back-up for Harry Kane up top as things stand, it isn’t out of the realms of possibility that a first-team debut could be on the cards in 2019/20.
A two-goal show against Manchester City for the U23s last month showed exactly what he is capable of on his day, and Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware of the teenager’s progress.
What is for sure is that as long as he shines in a Spurs shirt Tottenham fans probably won’t care which former player he is more similar to, but it is an interesting observation nonetheless.
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