Millwall manager Gary Rowett says he held discussions with striker Troy Parrott after reports claiming Tottenham could recall him from his loan spell at The Den emerged last month.
Parrott joined Millwall on a season-long loan back in the summer transfer window, but after an injury hit start to the campaign, found game time hard to come by for the Championship club.
That had led to some reports claiming that Spurs were set to recall the striker in January, with the view to sending him out elsewhere for the second half of the season, something which it seems did not go unnoticed by Rowett.
Speaking to News at Den about that situation surrounding Parrott, the Millwall manager said: “I had a really good chat with Troy after all the stories were out there that he was maybe going to go back to Tottenham. We had a really good open chat.
“What struck me was, 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, and we’re here to help him. That was our commitment at the start of the season.”
Indeed, it seems as though Rowett believes there is plenty more to come from Parrott this season and beyond, as he went on to add: “What you’ve seen in the last couple of games is a young player recognising what he’s got to do to play regularly, what he’s got to do within those games to get chances.
“The rest will take care of itself, if his attitude is right and he does the right things. In the last two or three games 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.”
Up until now, Parrott has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Millwall, and is still waiting to score his first goal for the club.
These comments from Rowett are encouraging to see from a Millwall perspective.
It seems as though the Millwall boss has no doubt his side will be keeping hold of Parrott until the end of the season, and given the potential he possesses, that could certainly be a boost for them.
Indeed, it does appear as though Parrott has coped well with the recent speculation about his future, and that ability to focus should serve him well throughout the rest of his career.
With that in mind, you feel Spurs ought to be almost as pleased with this update, as Rowett himself.