Troy Parrott has been recalled from Millwall and joined Ipswich Town on loan.
Earlier today, the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick is reported that the striker, who will turn 19 in a few days time, would have his loan spell terminated early before making the move up the A12 to East Anglia. The switch has now been confirmed.
Parrott has endured a difficult loan spell at the Den, with injuries restricting him to 14, goalless appearances. Often being played out of position hasn’t helped and there is no doubt that the Championship remains a competitive and difficult league to be making your first real strides in the senior game. Even Harry Kane’s loan spells weren’t always an unqualified success.
However – to repeat what we said in our Dream Team 2030/31 piece – Parrott remains a major talent. He’s already received two caps for the Republic of Ireland and his natural ability will hardly disappear after only a few months. Let’s not forget, this is a player who made his debut for Spurs at the age of 17 and spent most of last season in the first-team squad. He also scored 31 goals in just 38 games for the youth sides since after joining the club in 2017.
As Millwall boss Gary Rowett recently commented: “We have to remember Troy is only 18. He’s a young player who’s got a lot of things to learn to get to where he wants to get to in his career. You’ve seen a really strong and mature response from Troy and he’ll get his rewards, because we know he’s got the talent. I’ve been really impressed with the way he’s dealt with the recent situation.”
Granted, Ipswich Town is not an easy place to be right now, with the club falling to 11th in the table and the local newspaper calling for Paul Lambert to be sacked.
With only 27 goals in 23 games they are in desperate need of a new striker. Gwion Edwards, a winger, is their top scorer with 5 goals in all competitions. Their recognised centre-forwards – James Norwood, Kayden Jackson, Oliver Hawkins and Aaron Drinan – have scored just four times collectively. It’s clear that Troy Parrott will get games, and, if given the service, he will get goals. This could be a very good move for him and Spurs, not to mention Ipswich and Paul Lambert.
There has been a long-standing history of loan spells between Tottenham and Ipswich, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anthony Georgiou, Andros Townsend and Giovani Dos Santos just some of the players to have made the move. Former Hotspur Way player Keanan Bennetts is also currently on loan at Portman Road from Borussia Monchengladbach.
With the Parrott loan deal going through two of Tottenham’s brightest prospects are now on loan at East Anglia’s rival clubs. Oliver Skipp’s spell at Norwich City has been an massive success – if Parrott can emulate that (albeit in League One rather than the Championship) it will be a big plus.
We wish Troy all the best for his next move and have no doubt he’ll soon be firing in the goals for the Tractor Boys and putting in the performances we know he is capable of.