Troy Parrott and Ipswich can afford a well-deserved boost
It hasn’t been the easiest 14 months for Tottenham forward Troy Parrott since Jose Mourinho arrived in north London.
The much-loved teenager – capped internationally by the Republic of Ireland before making his Premier League debut – was limited to just six minutes of top-level football by the Portuguese boss during the 2019/20 season, despite the long period of time. term injuries sustained by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Mourinho frequently complained about his lack of attackers – while simultaneously refusing to play striker Parrott because he deemed the youngster “not ready”.
The 19-year-old was loaned out to Millwall ahead of the 2020/21 season. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for Parrott to put some first-team football under his belt and prove a point to Mourinho – but his time with the Lions was heavily disrupted by an ankle injury. He was limited to just seven starts, failed to find the net and has since been sent on loan to League One Ipswich.
After a frustrating year, Parrott is in desperate need of a helping hand.
After two frustrating decades, so did Ipswich.
At first glance, Parrott has joined one of the biggest clubs in Tier 3, which should be the heart of a promotion.
However, Ipswich are a club allowed to slowly fade into mediocrity after years of mismanagement, underinvestment and lack of ambition. The majority of fans dislike both owner Marcus Evans and manager Paul Lambert, the club have the odd knack of suffering a plethora of inexplicable long-term injuries and the performances of recent times have made the brand look like Mick McCarthy’s football at tiki-taka.
Welcome to Suffolk, Tom.
Life on Portman Road will be a real learning curve and a baptism of fire for Parrott. With Lambert steadfastly sticking to a 4-3-3 formation this season, the youngster is expected to lead the line on his own.
The Tractor Boys are claiming goals, having found the net just 27 times in 23 games this season. Only five Ligue 1 teams have scored less. Known as a natural finisher, signing Parrott seems the natural solution for a lack of goals.
Unfortunately, Ipswich doesn’t really create a lot of chances. Finishing has rarely been the problem for the Tractor Boys this season, rather than carving out opportunities in the first place – they haven’t had more than three shots on target in a single game since November.
But all is not gloomy.
First, Ipswich has a cracker kit.
Second, alongside Parrott, Ipswich loaned Luke Matheson to Wolves as well. The energetic full-back has already proven to be a great asset at Ligue 1 level after his stint at Rochdale and should add a much-needed touch of attack down the right flank.
Teenagers Parrott and Matheson join a team whose backbone is already largely made up of exciting young talent. Center-back Luke Woolfenden and midfielders Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes – the latter a summer target for Crystal Palace – have often been rare bright sparks for the Tractor Boys over the past two years. Depending on your outlook, these are either a squad brimming with potential or a whole slew of players who won’t be around next season if Ipswich fails to break out of tier three.
Ipswich and Parrott would both need a lift. The move could offer that to both parties.